Air travel is probably the quickest form of commercial transportation,
and if you're not stuck in Coach, it can actually be one of the most
comfortable as well. Need to get from Orlando to SeaTac? You could take
a 78-hour bus ride, or cover the same distance in seven hours by plane.
The number of people flying in airplanes continues to rise annually even
with the added annoyances of airport security.
Unfortunately, even as airlines improve their safety practices, the increasing
number of flights also increases the number of aviation accidents every
year as well — and because of the nature of air travel, it's
rare to see an airplane accident that doesn't kill several if not
scores of people. In fact, many of the aviation lawyers in Orlando do
just as much business as wrongful death attorneys. Orlando courts rarely
see an aviation case which didn't result in someone's demise,
so the question isn't "who is paying the medical bills"
so much as it's "who is at fault for the fact that my husband
didn't come home?"
That's a fairly complex question, too. Fault can belong to any (or
all!) of a wide number of individuals, from the obvious (pilot, air traffic
controller) to the seemingly-unrelated (the quality control worker at
the plant where a defective part was allowed to be built into an airplane,
causing it to malfunction in midair, or the airport worker who allowed
the airplane's fuel to become contaminated as it was being added to
the plane's fuel tank.) There's rarely a quick and easy assignation
of blame and then subsequent order of compensation when it's an aviation accident.
So the question becomes: how can you tell if you need an aviation lawyer?
The answer isn't as complex as you might think: if you or someone
you love got on a plane and they didn't make it to their intended
destination, you need an aviation lawyer. Even if the airplane went down
"well" and no one perished, there should (and will) still be
an investigation and while it may be determined that all you're owed
is the cost of the ticket plus any other expenses occurred by getting
you from the landing site to your intended destination, it's still
important that the entire legal process be followed through.