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Determining Fault in an Aviation Accident

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Updated June 11, 2019 | Aviation Accidents |


It can be difficult to determine who is at fault after an aviation accident occurs, and each case is different. A wide variety of factors can cause aviation accidents. Types of aviation accident compensation, as well as who is eligible for compensation, can also vary depending on the events surrounding the accident. Contacting legal counsel is the first step in determining who is at fault so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.

Liable Parties

Several parties can be held liable, depending on the causes of the accident. It is therefore crucial to contact experts so the circumstances surrounding the event can be carefully examined and liability can be established. Possible liable parties include:

  • Owner or operator of the airline company
  • Machine manufacturers
  • Maintenance suppliers
  • Federal government
  • Pilots
  • Owner of the aircraft
  • Airport operators

Government Investigation

Two government agencies are involved with the investigation of aviation accidents: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The FAA operates the air traffic control system. Determining whether FAA regulations have been violated is a major part of legal investigations following aviation accidents.

The NTSB is a government investigation agency that covers all types of mass transportation. The agency will investigate circumstances surrounding the aviation accident and determine the probable cause.

Expert Testimony

Aviation accidents are complex, usually involving multiple parties and causes. Legal experts working on your behalf are crucial to navigating complicated questions about the events. Additionally, aviation experts—pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers, etc.—can help properly evaluate the circumstances leading to the accident. The aviation accident attorneys at WKW include two licensed pilots who can help identify the causes and determine who is at fault.

Contact an Aviation Accident Attorney Today

Our staff attorneys include two licensed pilots, each with a commercial license, flight engineer certificate, and instrument and multi-engine aircraft ratings. They also have experience flying Boeing 727s and many private aircraft.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an aviation accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Aviation Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you with the next steps in pursuing an aviation accident case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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