Air travel continues to rapidly grow as a method of transportation around the world. Airplanes and helicopters are very complex machines that must be designed, built, maintained, and operated to exacting standards. In air travel, there is little room for error. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), air travel is one of the safest means of transportation. However when accidents occur, there is a significant chance of serious injury or death. This is why it is important to choose attorneys that are personally familiar with all facets of flying, not just the applicable laws and regulations.
As a pilot, Attorney Dan Prieto gained years of personal knowledge and experience while flying as an aviation officer and maintenance test pilot in the military. Dan’s knowledge and experience encompasses more than just regulations. It also includes personal experience with the fundamentals of flight, the mechanics of flight, flight regulations, and the law. Likewise, Dan has also worked as a team with crash investigators to locate, evaluate and secure crashed aircraft.
Plane and helicopter crashes can involve pilots, flight crewmembers, passengers, and persons on the ground. While the media tends to report only large, commercial accidents, the majority of aviation related injuries result from smaller accidents that are generally not reported in the media. These can include general aviation accidents involving private planes and helicopters.
Most aviation accidents occur for one of more of the following reasons:
- Pilot Error
- Mechanical Error
- FAA Regulation Violations
- Negligence of ground based personnel such as Air Traffic Controllers or Flight Service Station Employees
While pilot or crew member errors are often found to be the principal or significant contributing causes of a crash, this may not be the whole story. Sometimes, people die or are injured because the builder or designer of a critical part failed in their efforts to properly manufacture the aircraft or part. Accordingly, it is important for you to be represented by someone that knows more than just flight regulations. To ensure that clients are fully and justly compensated for their injuries, it takes an attorney with personal experience to recognize the true issues involved in a crash.
Likewise, it also is all too common that maintenance personnel failed to properly maintain or prepare the aircraft for flight operations. This typically occurs as a result of inadequate training or supervision of employees. It also can result from a company’s pressure to “stay on schedule” regardless of adverse conditions.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in an aviation related accident, it is important to choose attorneys with personal experience and knowledge in the field of aviation. At Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC., we will assist you in evaluating all potential claims against pilots, maintenance personnel, manufactures, airlines, and in some cases the government to determine your rights. We will work diligently to obtain a fair and just result.