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Why Do Most Aviation Accidents Happen?

Published on Mar 21, 2019 at 9:35 am in Aviation Accidents.

Plenty of individuals and families fly for business trips or vacations because it’s faster than traveling on land. But when an aircraft experiences issues, the chances for getting seriously hurt are increased. If you’ve been injured in a plane accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

The extreme nature of aircraft injuries have the potential to be catastrophic, meaning that the injury will have permanent effects. Care for these kinds of injuries typically require intense care and some form of continuing treatment. The recovery process can be costly, and it’s not fair for someone who was wrongfully injured to be worrying about how they’re going to afford their medical bills when the accident wasn’t their fault. McMath Woods, P.A. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

What Are the Causes of Most Plane Accidents?

There are a few main areas related to flying that can cause accidents. One thing they all have in common is that negligence typically plays a part when something goes wrong.

  • Pilot Error. There’s a study that found that pilot mistakes cause over half of all plane mishaps. Pilots have a lot to take care of: navigating the plane to their destination while paying constant attention to the plane’s integrity and the conditions around them. If a pilot is negligent and doesn’t stay alert, they could make a mistake or miss something important that could lead to a devastating accident. The pilot could be fatigued from lack of sleep, or they could have had alcohol or taken drugs that made them unfit to fly the plane safely.
  • Lack of Maintenance. Planes need to be checked to make sure there’s nothing wrong with them and they’re ready to go safely in the air. If this process is skipped, rushed, or not done thoroughly, the plane could have issues during the flight.
  • Faulty Parts. Manufacturing companies have a responsibility to provide quality products that won’t break down over time. Unfortunately, product issues can occur. The manufacturing company may cut corners to get their products on the market more quickly. They could have design issues where the part could experience issues over time.
  • Weather. Poor weather can also cause aviation accidents. Pilots need to be aware of upcoming storms. Lightning, heavy rain, and winds can make it difficult to navigate the plane.

While there are many factors that can affect a plane’s flight, it’s rarely the case that it’s one main reason. Airplane accidents are more common when there are several problems that happen at the same time. For example, a fatigued pilot could have to fly the plane through inclement weather when there’s a mechanical issue with the plane. These issues can snowball and lead to a wreck.

Breaking Down the Dangers of the Flight Process

The flight process has several stages. Some of these areas are more prone to accidents than others. An average flight follows the following pattern:

  • Takeoff
  • Climb
  • Flight
  • Descent
  • Landing

While it’s common for passengers to worry about issues that can happen while the plane is in the air, it’s actually more common for the aircraft to experience issues during takeoff, while climbing in the sky, and during landing. During the climb when the plane is in the process of reaching cruising altitude, undetected mechanical issues may become apparent.

The final portion of the flight process is typically the most dangerous, because the pilot has less margin for error when the plane is close to the ground. They have to gently bring a large, quickly-moving plane down to the ground and have enough room to decelerate. If the pilot acts negligently, they could make a mistake that hurts everyone on the plane.

Get Help from McMath Woods, P.A.

A major accident involving a plane is an extremely traumatic event that no one should ever experience. However, if this has happened to you, it’s important to know that you can seek legal options. The lawyers at McMath Woods, P.A. are prepared to help you get justice for what happened. We will work diligently and hold the right people responsible for their actions. To get started on your case, give us a call today for a free consultation.

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