KC Aviation Accidents

Kansas City Aviation Accident Lawyers

Skilled lawyers fighting for plane and helicopter crash victims and their families

People love the thrill of going up in an airplane or helicopter. There’s the pure joy of riding above the clouds looking down on the world. Aviation takes us to places we never thought we’d see. And of course, everyone hopes for a smooth landing. They want to touch down safely and quickly exit to their destination. Sadly, when planes and helicopters do crash, the consequences are often catastrophic or deadly. Even if passengers survive the crash, there’s the distinct possibility that the plane could ignite. When planes and helicopters crash, there are usually multiple injury victims and fatalities.

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers have been fighting for accident victims for 30 years. When planes and helicopters crash in the Kansas City region, we would work with federal and state aviation officials, law enforcement, and aviation professionals to determine how the accident occurred and what steps should have been taken to prevent the crash. We understand the unique challenges involved with filing aviation claims, including filing your claim in the correct court, holding all the responsible defendants accountable, and coordinating your case with the cases of other victims. Our lawyers have a strong record of obtaining the maximum recoveries possible.

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How common are aviation accidents?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates every civil aviation accident in America. The agency is an independent federal organization that determines the probable cause of these accidents and issues safety recommendations to help prevent future accidents. The NTSB reported that in 2019:

  • There were 40 accidents involving air carriers that resulted in 4 deaths. Air carriers generally include “large, transport-category aircraft carrying passengers, cargo, or both for hire.”
  • There were 42 accidents involving commuter and on-demand carriers that resulted in 34 deaths. These aircraft include certain “aircraft with fewer than 10 passenger seats operating scheduled commuter services as well as aircraft operating on-demand passenger or cargo services.”
  • There were 1220 general aviation accidents that resulted in 414 deaths. “General aviation covers a wide range of operations and aircraft, from powered parachutes and light-sport aircraft to turboprops and jets used for a variety of flying. In addition, general aviation includes some types of commercial activities.”

What types of aviation accidents do your Kansas City lawyers handle?

At Kansas City Accident Aviation Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers represent injured passengers and families against the big airline companies and manufacturers. We understand the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal and state laws that govern all types of aircraft operations. We understand the steps airlines; plane companies; helicopter companies; and other companies, owners, and operators should take to prevent aviation accidents.

We handle the following types of aviation accidents.

  • Accidents involving commercial airplanes. These accidents usually involve many victims. They involve not only federal and state laws, but international laws such as the Montreal Convention and the Warsaw Convention. They involve federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration. Our lawyers help our clients navigate these complex laws, with a focus on holding the airlines that run these commercial airplanes responsible for their negligence and failure to comply with the applicable laws.
  • Accidents involving private planes. These accidents include air taxi charters and commuter planes that transport a lower number of passengers than commercial airplanes. These planes are regulated – but not as tightly as commercial airplanes. These planes are dangerous, in part because of the lack of regulations. They are also dangerous because they have fewer safety features (for the planes and the pilots) than commercial airplanes.
  • Helicopter accidents. Increasingly, people with a few dollars who need to travel overnight quickly (such as entertainers and executives) choose helicopters instead of standard airplanes. Patients with emergency medical needs may also be transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital or burn center. Helicopter travel has a high risk of catastrophic injuries and death, per passenger, as compared to plane travel because bad weather makes helicopters harder to operate and because visibility at night is difficult. Many helicopter accidents involve novice pilots who lack the skills to make quick decisions.
  • Sightseeing accidents. Companies that offer helicopter tours often fail to take proper safety measures. Many operators don’t understand the rules of navigation with other aircraft.

Why do aviation accidents happen?

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand why aviation accidents happen. We work to show that the companies that own the aircraft and their operators failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent an accident from happening. Common causes of aircraft accidents include:

  • Pilot errors
  • Bad weather
  • Running out of fuel
  • Air traffic control mistakes
  • Collisions or distractions by birds or other objects in the sky
  • Defective equipment, including defective blades, propellers, vibration dampers, electronic equipment, and other malfunctions
  • Colliding with other aircraft
  • Flying too low
  • Runway errors

Who is responsible for my aviation accident?

Our Kansas City aviation lawyers file the following types of claims:

Most aviation accident cases involve multiple defendants, which can include the pilot, the company that owned the plane, parts manufacturers, maintenance and repair companies, parent companies, and other defendants. We also focus on holding software and hardware companies for defective automation and computer function of the plane or helicopter.

How much is my Kansas City aviation accident claim worth?

Our Kansas City plane and helicopter accident lawyers demand compensation for every way your life is changed due to the accident. Many plane accidents cause catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord damage, burn injuries, and traumatic amputations.

We work with your medical team, employers, and others to show what financial bills you have and will have for the rest of your life, as well as all your personal damages.

Our lawyers demand compensation for the complete scope of your current and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Loss of bodily function
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and relationships

Our lawyers have a strong record of high settlements and jury verdicts, often for the insurance policy limits.

How much time do I have to file my Kansas City aviation accident claim?

The time limit for filing a claim depends on many factors, such as whether the claim is filed in a federal court or a state court. The best strategy is to contact our skilled aviation accident lawyers as quickly as possible. We’ll work with the federal and state agencies that investigate aviation cases. We’ll coordinate your case with the claims of other victims, if applicable. We’ll guide you knowledgeably through each phase of the litigation process.

Do you have an aviation accident lawyer near me?

Our trial lawyers meet plane accident and helicopter accident victims (and their families) at our main office located at 510 Walnut, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO. Consultations are free. We handle aviation accident cases on a contingency fee basis.

Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys makes arrangements at your home or other convenient locations when necessary. Our lawyers also speak with clients through our video chat service by appointment.

We also maintain offices in Lee’s Summit, Parkville, and St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as in, Olathe, Overland Park, and the other Kansas City, KS.

Get help now. Contact our Kansas City plane and helicopter accident lawyers today

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we’re ready to help you get the help you need and the compensation you deserve. Our Kanas City aviation accident lawyers understand the unique difficulties involved with investigating plane accidents, holding the correct defendants accountable, and showing the full scope and severity of your injuries. We do settle many personal cases, but we are always prepared to try your case in court. Call our office at 816-471-5111 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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