The recorded aviation accidents over the last 10 years only show why air travel is acknowledged as modern day’s safest, fastest and (probably) most convenient means of long-distance travel. The sole fatal plane crash for the past half decade, despite the thousands of planes taking off every day in the US, is clear proof of this. And where fatality rates are the issue, data from the US Department of Transportation shows that deaths resulting from aviation accidents total only to 138 per year (there have been years when no accidents involving planes occurred), while those resulting from motor vehicles are 36,600+ and motorcycles has 3100+.
Such high safety rate was never the case in the past; however, it cannot be denied that the advancement and majority of the improvements in the aviation industry are factors learned from past minor and major accidents. Some of these improvements include: upgrade of the air traffic control (ATC) system; eradicating the concept of the “captain is god,” and ensuring cockpit teamwork; installation of lavatory smoke sensors and downdraft detection; use of transponders or electronic devices and the installation of TCAS II collision-avoidance systems for collision avoidance; improvement of the rudder Rx; equipping the cargo holds (all commercial airliners) with smoke detectors and automatic fire extinguishers; upgrades that would eliminate any possibility of electrical spark; and, replacement of the Mylar insulation with fire-resistant materials. Many other safety equipment have been made standard parts, especially in heavy commercial aircrafts, to ensure safety of all passengers and crew, from the moment everyone boards the plane until everyone has gotten off it.
All improvements and upgrades, however, can easily prove useless if flight procedures are violated, regular aircraft maintenance is not regularly done, fuel supply is not replenished, a pilot is not in perfect health or performs his task while under the influence of alcohol, or a needed manufacturing phase was missed, and so forth.
Often, the only reason why aviation accidents happen is grave negligence on the part of a pilot, a plane, ground or maintenance crew, an air traffic controller, or even people from an airline’s top management. And when an accident occurs, there need not necessarily be injuries for those liable to be required to answer for the consequences of their errors. A mental or emotional trauma is enough, but an injury, more so, death, will definitely make matters very serious.
According to www.habush.com, while some airlines would be happy to offer victims compensation, the amount they would award on their own volition may not be enough. Thus, it is important that victims seek the help of competent lawyers, whose dedication in fighting for victims’ rights have been proven many times.
There are the Appleton personal injury lawyers and Green Bay personal injury lawyers, who are all highly capable of effectively fighting for the rights and interests of those affected, traumatized, injured or killed in a plane accident.