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Bighorn Law and Aviation

Bighorn Law was founded in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the one of the busiest airports in the world, McCarren International. When an airplane crash or aviation accident happens, there is no easy answer on what to do. You will need someone to help you through the process and answer all of your questions. Bighorn Law will be your guide and let you know what options are available. We’re here to listen.

Why Do Airplane Crashes Happen?

There are a variety of reasons that airplane crashes happen. Airplanes most often crash and other aviation accidents happen when people or companies fail to follow the safety rules. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets the rules and guidelines for making sure the aviation industry is safe. Most accidents and incidents that lead to injury and even death happen when the rules are not followed. The safety rules cover varied topics such as fueling norms, weather guidelines, instrument norms and rules for maintenance and training.

When people or companies fail to follow the aviation safety rules and you or your loved ones get injured or even killed, you may be entitled to compensation. Bighorn Law is here to answer the call. We want to hear your story.

What Happens When Airplanes Crash?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the body responsible for investigating anytime an airplane crashes or an aviation accident occurs. When someone is hurt while engaged in aviation activities be it in flight or not, the NTSB gets involved and is charged with investigating. The NTSB later analyzes the information and provides their findings concerning the incident. Bighorn Law makes sure to conduct their own investigation as well – engaging aviation’s top experts and professionals. Each aviation case at Bighorn Law is individual and unique and investigated as such. There is no template for handling an aviation accident, just a lot of hard work and experience.

Major Types of Aviation or Airplane Accidents

Design problems can lead to in-flight performance problems when faced with severe weather for example, unreasonable or premature fatigues on the aircraft/ equipment that lead to failures and other issues that prevent an aircraft or equipment from performing with the safety parameters for which they were designed. It can occur that companies make design compromises in favor of cost savings.

When aircraft and equipment are manufactured using defective materials those materials can lead to unreasonable stresses and cracking that can lead to catastrophic failures causing injuries and death. Unfortunately, some manufacturers choose cost savings over following the safety rules and requirements for materials used in the aviation industry.

Aviation equipment is held to the highest standards. Equipment manufacturers must follow the highest level of precision and standards in all of their manufacturing processes. When they do not, accidents can happen: turbines can fail in-flight, instruments can break, and landing equipment can buckle under the constant pressures of takeoff and landings. Every equipment component of an aircraft must perform according to standards and when it does not, they need to be held responsible.

Pilots are charged with knowing and following all of the operational and safety rules when piloting an aircraft. Pilots failing to follow the operational and safety rules can be a major contributing factor to aviation incidents and crashes. Pilot fatigue and inexperience can be major contributing factors to pilot mistakes.

Mistakes in fueling can be a major cause of an aviation accident. Over-fueling, under-fueling and using unsuitable fuel can result in catastrophic failures like running out of fuel in-flight, causing the engines to stall or fail in-flight or make the plane unresponsive, all potential causes of aircraft crashes.

The FAA requires complete records to be kept including logbooks recording an aircraft’s entire and complete maintenance history. Failure to properly maintain an aircraft or failure to maintain an aircraft according to its scheduled requirements can cause accidents, in-flight failures and even crashes. Bighorn Law investigates the maintenance records of aircraft and equipment as a core process when representing those harmed in an aviation accident.

The FAA requires complete records to be kept including logbooks recording an aircraft’s entire and complete repair history. Failure to properly repair an aircraft or spot needed repairs on an aircraft can cause accidents, in-flight failures and crashes. Bighorn Law investigates the repair records and inspection records of aircraft and equipment as a core process when representing those harmed in aviation accidents.

Who is at Fault in an Airplane Crash or Aviation Accident?

This is a complicated question with an equally complicated answer. It is likely when an aircraft crashes, that several parties, companies, or entities can be liable for what caused the aircraft to crash. It takes a pilot, engineers, maintenance professionals, manufacturers, air-traffic controllers, and many more just to get an aircraft into the air.

When a crash happens, obviously the pilot’s actions are investigated. Likewise, the owner of the aircraft, any companies that performed repairs or maintenance, and the company who manufactured the aircraft need to be investigated. Perhaps not as obvious is to take a look at the aircraft control, parts manufacturers, materials suppliers, whoever fueled the plane and provided the fuel, or even those responsible for the airport runway, depending on the circumstances. Bighorn Law dives deep to represent those harmed or injured in an airplane crash or aviation accident.

Bighorn Law handles various types of aviation cases, not only crashes. Airplanes, helicopters, gliders, para-gliders, hang-gliders, sky-divers, and more operate in every part of the world. Accidents commonly happen at both public and private airports, maintenance hangars and during private excursions. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an aviation incident, call Bighorn Law immediately, we want to hear your story. We are here to listen and ready to advise you of your options. You need to know what to do from here, and Bighorn Law will guide you every step of the way.

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