Commercial airline accidents involving the death or injury of a loved one are both public tragedies and devastating events for each family involved. When this tragedy happens, it is critical that family members of the passengers take action to secure their legal rights against the air carriers, their insurance companies, and any other responsible parties.
It is essential that you have the right aviation attorney at your side to handle your case. You should know that the airlines and their representatives will make every attempt to avoid responsibility and to minimize any settlement. They often pretend that they are looking out for your best interests, but they will often secretly use this tragic time in your life to bolster their case against you. They garner evidence, statements information regarding the victims to help them minimize any monetary settlement that they might have to pay to the family.
It is vital to retain a Michigan airplane accidents lawyer who can assist and guide you through the process, answer questions and serve as a buffer between you and the outside world, or at least you and the airline, while always first protecting your interest. If you were injured or have lost a family member in a commercial air carrier accident, you should contact our compassionate attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Major Michigan Airports
While airline accidents can arise from any commercial service airport, there are certain primary airports throughout Michigan. These include:
- Alpena County Regional Airport (Alpena)
- Charlevoix Municipal Airport (Charlevoix)
- Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (Romulus)
- Delta County Airport (Escanaba)
- Bishop International Airport (Flint)
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport (Grand Rapids)
- Capital Region International Airport (Lansing)
- Sawyer International Airport (Marquette)
- Muskegon County Airport (Muskegon)
- Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County (Pellston)
- MBS International Airport (Saginaw)
- Chippewa County International Airport (Sault Ste. Marie)
- Cherry Capital Airport (Traverse City)
Common Types of Accidents
Between airplanes and airports, there are countless accidents—and resulting injuries—that could arise. However, the common airline accidents include:
- Airplane crashes
- Airport injuries
- Failure to provide proper medical care
- Falling overhead luggage
- Hot liquid and hot coffee spills
- Escalator accidents
- Food Poisoning
- Other injuries
Some of these accidents might only result in minor scrapes and bruises. Others, however, could cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain damage, and even death.
Determining Fault for an Airline Accident
Airline accidents often result in severe injuries. As a result, an injured individual is likely to require extensive—and costly—medical treatment. Because of this, many individuals wonder if they can hold the airline liable for providing compensation. Depending on the circumstances, there are numerous individuals or organizations that might be responsible for an airline accident.
For example, the owner or operator of an aircraft might be held responsible when their airplane failed to comply with legal safety standards, or when their staff acted negligently. Similarly, commercial airlines might also be held liable for their staff through a legal concept known as vicarious liability. Furthermore, airplane owners and operators are responsible for ensuring their staff are properly trained, and their airplane is safe for others to use. When they fail to inspect or maintain their aircraft—or allow dangerous conditions, such as loose luggage, on the plane—they can be held responsible.
Airplane pilots are also responsible for the safety of the passengers they are carrying. When they make a mistake, it can end in catastrophe for those on board. Pilots can be held liable for their negligent actions that injure other people. On the other hand, when a defect or fault in an airplane causes an accident, the manufacturer of the airplane might be labeled liable. This would be done under the state’s product liability laws, which states that manufacturers must ensure their products are safe to use. Because there are many potentially liable parties in the event of a crash, anyone injured in an airplane accident might benefit from the counsel and skill of a Michigan lawyer.
Reach out to a Michigan Airplane Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in an airline crash or incident, you have legal options and should not hesitate to contact a caring and hardworking attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to discuss your legal rights. Due to the multitude of entities that might be considered liable, it is important to fully understand how fault is allocated and whether or not you have grounds for a claim.
An experienced Michigan airplane accident lawyer could work tirelessly to gather evidence and file a thorough claim on your behalf, so that you could focus on your recovery. Call a legal professional today to get started.
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