West Virginia Aviation Accident Attorneys


Per mile, flying is the safest form of travel. That said, fatalities and catastrophic injuries do occur regularly in accidents involving commercial airliners, helicopters, private planes, and other aircraft.

Commercial flights have become safer over the years, with private aircraft or “general aviation” accidents responsible for a significant majority of aviation fatalities: an average of 549 deaths per year or 85 percent of the total annual aviation fatalities. These deaths occur in people flying recreationally, taking lessons, or flying for business purposes. While the overall number of aviation fatalities has been going down, helicopter crashes have increased, including news helicopters, Medivac helicopters, and sightseeing helicopters.

Negligence as a Cause of Aviation Accidents

Many times, crashes are the result of some form of negligence, whether on the part of the designer, manufacturer, owner, pilot, maintenance crew, air traffic control or others. When deaths and injuries occurring in aircraft crashes can be show to have been caused by negligence, the families of victims and injured survivors are entitled to make a claim to recover damages for wrongful deaths and injuries.

Causes of Air Crashes

Aircraft accidents have many causes. This is a partial list of potential causes of crashes:

  • Pilot error
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Lack of training
  • Instrument failure
  • Mechanical failure
  • Tire failure
  • Defective landing gear
  • Improper loading
  • Fuel mismanagement
  • Inferior fuel quality
  • Mid-air collisions
  • Flying into rough weather
  • Design defects
  • Metal fatigue
  • Improper maintenance
  • Improper inspections
  • Inadequate airline security
  • Inadequate training
  • Pilot medical events
  • Dangerous runway or helipad conditions
  • Sabotage

Why an Experienced Aviation Attorney is a Must

Demonstrating whose negligence was responsible for an aviation accident is typically extremely complicated and is not something that can usually be handled by anyone lacking specific aviation accident experience. Successful litigation of an aviation accident claim requires an attorney who understands state, federal, and sometimes international aviation laws, policies, and regulations as well as having access to specialists in the technological aspects of aviation.

Air crashes are investigated by the government, and the findings are often shared with lawyers for the survivors and families of the deceased crash victims. If you have been injured or have lost a family member in a crash, your lawyer will need to be able to bring in experts to demonstrate who was responsible and show how that party failed to meet industry standards, whether in design, manufacture, maintenance, inspection, or other function related to the operation of the aircraft.

Charleston,West Virginia Aviation Accident Lawyers

For the experienced legal representation that you need following an aircraft crash that has left you seriously injured or resulted in the death of a member of your family in Marion, Fairmont, Clarksburg or Harrison County, turn to the aviation attorneys at the Tiano O’Dell law firm in Charleston, West Virginia. We have successfully handled various types of aviation accident injury and wrongful death cases and are committed to providing knowledgeable, skilled, and aggressive legal counsel to those who have been affected by these tragic accidents. We are committed to discovering the cause and identifying responsible parties and holding them accountable for the suffering and economic losses they’ve caused. We fight tirelessly to obtain fair and just compensation for both commercial and general aviation accident victims and to deter such careless and negligent behavior from happening in the future.

Many victims are in a state of shock following a loss in an aircraft accident and are unsure of what they need to do to protect their rights. At Tiano O’Dell, we will meet with you at no cost to review the circumstances of the crash and advise you on the best way to proceed to ensure that justice is done. We have aviation engineers and other experts on call to assist with the analysis of the available data and to testify on your behalf in depositions and, when necessary, at trial.

Aviation cases require an enormous amount of time-consuming investigative and analytical work, so it is important to bring the attorneys at Tiano O’Dell on board as soon after the crash as possible. Call us today.

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