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When you have a long way to go and a short time to get there, taking a flight to your destination may be your online choice. Millions of people each year fly in, out, and across the United States each year without incident. In fact, the number of people killed on U.S. roadways far exceed the number of fatalities from aviation accidents. But still, where there are many stories of people walking away from serious auto accidents, there are not very many who walk away from a plane crash.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 alone, more than 895.3 million passengers flew on U.S. airlines or airlines serving the U.S. Of the billions of passengers who have flown in the United States, a total of 10,505 people have lost their lives in fatal airliner accidents from 1945 to 2013.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, 258 people died in 17 aviation accidents around the world in 2016, making it one of the safest flying years since 1942. By comparison, 546 people lost their lives in Colorado motor vehicle crashes in 2015 alone. If you examine the causes of some of these plane crashes, you’ll see they range from bird strikes, to air traffic control errors, to design flaws, lightening, pilot incapacitation, and even passenger sabotage.
Over 1,000 small plane crashes have occurred in Colorado since 1943. Some of the reasons for these crashes include the mountain terrain, thin air, gusty winds, summer heat over the Rockies, and high airport elevations. In 2000, a Cessna 195 crashed in a canyon killing the pilot, a 22-year United Airlines pilot, his wife, their son, and the son’s friend. After, a pilot with the Colorado Civil Air Patrol told the Denver Post that under normal circumstances, a plane can gain an altitude of 1,000 feet per minute, but over the Rockies, you may only gain 25 or 50 per minute, while the terrain might rise at 500 feet per minute. The high-density altitude and engine power loss are the primary reasons for mountain crashes.
Multiple agencies come together to investigate small and commercial plane crashes. Interviews are conducted with instructors and witnesses, while experts analyze the scene of the crash and debris field, aircraft maintenance and component reports, weather reports, pilot qualifications and accident history, FAA and NTSB records, air traffic control records, and more. Once they have determined the factors, the cause of the crash is released.
The days, weeks, months, even years following a plane crash can be extremely difficult for the victim’s families. You want answers, but have to wait for National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other agencies to complete their investigations, which can take an extended period of time. When you don’t know why you’ve lost a loved one, it’s all the more difficult to try to pick up the pieces.
The Ramos Law Firm is here to help you. We have many years of experience in dealing with Colorado plane crash cases. We have a skilled and deeply experienced legal team ready to fight for you. We also have Dr. Joseph Ramos, an emergency medicine physician and attorney. He uses his medical and legal experience and skills to help guide the treatment of those injured in plane crashes, and fights tirelessly for those who lost loved ones in plane crashes.
The federal laws that govern commercial aircraft and their pilots and crew prohibit the use of personal electronic devices including cell phones when the aircraft is taking off, flying below 10,000 feet, and when landing. However, the same rules to not apply to pilots of private planes. While private pilots are not specifically banned from using cell phones, the law does not allow for careless or reckless behaviors, such as taking selfies when the pilot should have been focused on the flight.
Depending on the circumstances of the plane crash, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Speak with your personal injury attorney about seeking compensation for damages as soon as possible.
Before you sign any papers or accept any money from the airline or its insurance company, you should speak with your personal injury attorney. The insurance company and the airline have their best interests at heart, and won’t necessarily offer you fair compensation for your losses. Your attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve so you can begin to move forward in your life.
The Colorado plane crash attorneys at Ramos Law have been fighting for the rights of aviation accident victims for nearly a quarter century and they stand ready to fight for you. Emergency medical physician, pilot and attorney Joseph Ramos and the plane crash team at the Ramos Injury Firm have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a Denver plane crash, or elsewhere in Colorado call (303) 733-6365 to speak to one of our car accident lawyers today for a complimentary case evaluation.
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