Even though they don’t happen very often, plane and aviation accidents do occur. Air travel is usually viewed as a safe way of getting around—in fact, statistically speaking, it is said to be the safest form of travel, as opposed to other means of transportation, such as by car. However, when an aviation crash does occur, the accident is usually catastrophic with little no survivors, unlike car accidents, which are not always deadly.
Owners of aircraft and pilots are expected to live up to extremely high and professional standards when it comes to operating an airplane; not only do they put themselves in danger if their piloting is negligent, but they put other individuals on the plane at risk or innocent civilians on the ground. If recklessness can be proven in a plane accident case, then the responsible party will be legally held liable for any damages sustained due to his or her negligent acts. Additionally, the owner of an airplane may still be found liable in an airplane accident even if he or she was not the only flying the airplane. This known as vicarious liability; vicarious liability is comparable to the way in which companies may be held legally responsible for any criminal or negligent actions of their employees under crucial circumstances.
Did you know?
As air travel becomes more popular, the chances that passengers will be involved of some type of plane accident also increase.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released statistics that show a potential increase in the upcoming years. Furthermore, the FAA predicts that air travel will double throughout the next twenty years.