Helping You Through Aviation Accidents

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Have you or a loved one been involved in an aviation accident or crash?

Airplane or helicopter accidents or crashes are often due to mechanical failure, negligence, air traffic control error, defective runways or pilot error. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in aviation accidents across the nation. 

Mechanical Failure

Today’s planes and helicopters are far more reliable and safer than they used to be. Thanks to updated and improved designs and improved manufacturing processes. However, aviation incidents, accidents and crashes are often attributed to equipment failures. This includes an engine that stops working properly, defective parts or faulty repairs. 


Air travel can be quite dangerous or even fatal during times of poor weather. Snow, fog, ice, inclimate weather, heavy rainstorms, hurricanes, tornados and other natural hazards threaten the safety of flights by increasing the risk of danger or turbulence. This is a big reason why planes often get delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Pilot Error / Negligence / Human Error

Although pilots are not the only ones responsible, they are very essential in ensuring the safe arrival of a plane. Air traffic control, dispatchers, and maintenance engineers also all play important roles in making sure that everything works smoothly during take offs and landings.

Poor training, fatigue, inexperience and intoxication are known to contribute to aviation incidents, accidents and crashes.

Substances that may impair a pilot from being able to think correctly include alcohol and drugs as well as fatigue, which may have been brought on by either not getting enough sleep or being too tired from working too hard.

Aviation accidents are a different kind of animal altogether. In aviation accidents, severe damage including death can result from a small error in judgment. Unforeseen aviation emergencies can occur at any time and even with a pilot’s best efforts, a perfect landing isn’t always possible.

Aviation accidents are so often catastrophic events that have far-reaching implications for both the passengers on board the aircraft and people in the areas they crash. As well as others in the community who aren’t involved with the plane in any way, shape or form. While the total number of plane crashes has decreased since 2009, when they happen, many lives are often left shaken up thanks to this type of event.

Given the sheer amount of publicity and enormous cost involved in many aviation accident cases, the ensuing legal battles can, and often do, take years or longer to resolve. The blame game can be quite frustrating for both plaintiffs and their attorneys. It’s vitally important to take all the necessary steps required to prevent similar aviation accidents from happening again in the future.

Is flying safer than driving?

It is important to note commercial airlines have the best safety standards. Air travel is statistically much safer than ground travel per mile and has a lower overall number of accidents. When measured “per mile,” when a catastrophic accident occurs, it often involves a larger number of passenger fatalities and injuries to the occupants. 

When looking at the statistics overall and considering the absolute risks involved in flying and driving, it might conclude that flying is safer than driving. It has been reported the estimate for the probability of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 9,821. In comparison, the odds of dying in a car crash are 1 in 114. However it is important to note the aviation statistics provided above include commercial flights and exclude charter or privately owned aircrafts. 

Airplane crashes tend to be much more turbulent and cost way more in terms of injury and property damage. This can be more costly in terms of both insurance payouts and reputation for the business. This also makes it wrought with further legal complications when determining liability. 

If you want to try to avoid the most risk when flying, it would be best to fly commercial. Commercial aviation has many more rules and regulations to adhere to versus charter or privately owned aviation. Plus, flying is still safer than driving. However, accidents will unfortunately continue to occur despite the method of transportation.

Where to begin?

It may be confusing to navigate the laws and regulations related to your case which is why it’s important to make sure you have a qualified Florida aviation accident lawyer on your side to pursue settlements for those affected by aviation crashes. As your Florida aviation accident lawyer, we will provide you with compassionate representation, creative solutions and strategic insights. With more than two decades of experience representing clients, our firm knows how to advocate on your behalf throughout the entire settlement process. An experienced lawyer is the only way to get full and fair compensation.

When you’re battling an overwhelming amount of stress, it’s hard to know where to turn for reliable help. That’s why if you’re currently dealing with the loss of a loved one in an aviation accident, we urge you to give us a call immediately so that we can do whatever is truly within our power to help bring justice to your situation. 

We understand how traumatic and draining these types of accidents can be. Call an experienced Tampa attorney at Winters and Yonker today to find out how the legal system can help with handling your aviation accident the right way. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and no fees until we win!

If you live in Florida and have questions, concerns or are looking for additional information regarding your specific aviation accident situation talk to our Tampa injury attorneys at Winters and Yonker call 813-223-6200 or contact us today for your Free Consultation.

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