Not all law is created equal, and that is especially true when it comes to aviation. While most personal injury lawyers are more than qualified to tackle a car accident, slip and fall, or other premise liability injury, aviation encompasses a complex system of laws and regulations, and requires a lawyer that is well-versed in the aeronautic universe.
If You Have Been Injured in an Arizona Aviation Accident, Keep Reading
In a car accident, there are generally about five parties that can potentially be held liable for an accident: you, the other driver, your car’s manufacturer, your mechanic, or the entity responsible for maintain roadways. This keeps any legal problems fairly straightforward, so simply finding an experienced injury lawyer that you are comfortable with can generally ensure that your case will be resolved satisfactorily.
Aviation accidents are far more complex. In addition to operator, manufacturer, and maintenance error, there are many additional parties that could be responsible for your injuries, such as:
Air Traffic Control: Federal and contract air traffic controllers are responsible for the safe separation of thousands of aircraft—both commercial and private—every day. If a controller’s error caused your injury, you need a lawyer that is familiar with Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations for airspace and aircraft control.
Airport Operations and Management: Airports are responsible for keeping runways, taxiways, and ramp areas well marked and clear of debris. If your aircraft was involved in an accident caused by poor lighting, signage, or debris, the airport operations team could be held responsible.
Chart Publishers: The FAA hires companies to regularly publish and update flight charts and approach procedures for airspace throughout the country. If you relied on the latest publications but these charts contained mistakes that caused you to be injured, you may have a case against the publisher.
Weather Service: Pilots will often call an aviation weather service prior to their flight, and rely on up-to-date, accurate reports to ensure a safe experience.
Obstructions: If a person or company has erected a building, tower, or power lines that are a danger to air traffic and has failed to notify the FAA and mark the hazard accordingly, the owner may be held liable for injuries incurred.
Hire the Arizona Aviation Lawyer with Nearly 30 Years of Aviation Experience
Many attorneys may have several years of experience handling aviation cases, but that may be the extent of their aviation knowledge. Attorney Michael Pearson has not only represented clients across the country and internationally in important aviation cases, but has also served with the Federal Aviation Administration for over 26 years as an air traffic control specialist and Quality Assurance Specialist investigating aviation incidents and accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, do not trust your case with just any injury attorney. Call Arizona aviation injury attorney Michael Pearson of Curry, Pearson & Wooten at 602-258-1000 or toll free at 885-524-7272 today.