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Determining the Cause of an Accident

March 24, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

While determining the cause of an auto accident may hard to do sometimes, it can be much easier than learning how a plane crash happened. Car accidents can often be witnessed by many people, who can then give testimony on how it happened. For smaller accidents, drivers can also be witnesses to their own collisions. For example, if you know another car just ran a red light and T-boned your vehicle, you can tell the police and your insurance company what happened. Airplanes are a different matter, however.

When a plane crashes, there may not be many survivors. If there are survivors, they may not be able to tell an investigator what happened. Typically, only a pilot can tell what might be the cause of a plane crash, whether it was inclement weather, a manufacturing error, or so on. Likewise, human error is another cause of plane accidents that might need to be investigated after the crash occurs.

After a plane accident, there will often be an aviation accident analysis performed on the plane and crash site to determine the cause of the error. The crash can also be used to analyze a database of past accidents to prevent a similar accident from happing in the future, if possible.

The most common causes of accidents include some of the following:

  • Pilot error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Bad weather
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Sabotage

Some of these causes can be easier to determine than others. For example, if the pilot was inebriated during the flight, he or she could be investigated for blood alcohol content (BAC). If no other errors are detected with the plane or with the weather, it’s pretty clear pilot error was the cause.

If you were injured in a plane crash, don’t hesitate to call our skilled aviation accident attorneys. Our lawyers at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. can help investigate what might have been the cause of your aviation crash. Our team is capable of handling many types of personal injury cases. We have more than 170 years of experience to offer your case. If you’re unsure what caused your accidents, let us help examine the crash site or hire experienced investigators who can help pinpoint the reason for the incident.

Contact us at (713) 621-7944 or fill out our online form today to schedule your free case consultation.