National Aviation Accident Injury Lawyers

Helping Those Injured in Commercial Airline, Private Charter and General Aviation Crashes

In reality, air travel is much safer than motor vehicle travel. However, aviation accidents still happen – and as you may know from your own experience – they can be severe and fatal.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), during one recent four-year stretch, 270 of the 1,420 aviation accidents that occurred each year, on average, were fatal, or one of out every five crashes. During that same period, 463 people died each year in aviation accidents.

Aviation Accidents in the United States (2011-2014)

Accidents Fatal Accidents Deaths
Airline Carriers 110 2 9
Commuter and Charter Planes 183 43 100
General Aviation 5,837 1,034 1,743
Total 5,680 1,079 1,852


If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving an airliner, private charter, helicopter or small aircraft, you will need experienced and compassionate legal assistance to get you through this difficult time. Look no further than The Driscoll Firm, LLC

Bringing a legal claim after an air crash may seem intimidating and overwhelming. We can ease your stress by handling all of the challenging details involved in your case, including the investigation of the accident, the identification of all responsible parties and the high-stakes, contentious litigation that may be involved.

As a law firm with an extensive background in handling complex civil litigation in courts across the country, we will work diligently and skillfully to pursue a just result for you and your family.

We can provide a free consultation to discuss your case. Simply call or connect with us through our online form to learn more about how we can help you. We serve clients across the country.

How Does an Aviation Accident Investigation Work?

The NTSB investigates all aviation crashes in the United States. The federal agency’s goal is to identify why the crash occurred and the safety lessons that can be learned from the incident.

The NTSB will usually send an investigative team to a crash site within hours after it has occurred. The agency also will bring a great deal of manpower and expertise to its search for answers.

However, the NTSB investigation may not go far enough for victims and their families. Additionally, airline companies, airplane manufacturers and other parties – and their insurance companies – may complicate the investigation.

This is why you should work with a law firm that will conduct an independent investigation into the air crash that has harmed you or your family member.

At The Driscoll Firm, we can move swiftly to gather and document the evidence in your case, including preserving the aircraft, cockpit voice recorder, flight data recorder, or “black box,” company records, air traffic control records, photos, video evidence and more.

We can also consult with experts such as pilots, flight instructors, aviation accident reconstruction experts and aerospace engineers. They can help us to determine whether mechanical, operational or human factors – or a combination of those factors – caused your accident.

These factors may include:

  • Pilot error, including failure to respond properly to an emergency
  • Lack of aircraft inspection and maintenance
  • Equipment failure
  • Faulty design of the aircraft.

While it may take several months to conclude the investigation of your accident, it will be worth the investment of time to arrive at a full and accurate assessment of why it happened and who should be held responsible.

Keep in mind: The Driscoll Firm will handle the extensive costs that may be involved in an air crash investigation and will charge no legal fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.

Who Can Be Held Liable for an Aviation Accident?

To pursue maximum compensation after an airplane crash, The Driscoll Firm will work hard to identify all parties who should be held liable for the harm that you and your family have suffered.

For instance, the parties who may be held accountable in your crash could include:

  • Maintenance and grounds crew – The contractor and its workers in charge of inspecting and maintaining the aircraft may have failed to fulfill their duties, contributing to an equipment failure.
  • Air traffic controllers – A crash may occur due to the failure to properly manage air traffic, causing a mid-air collision or near-collision that leads to a crash.
  • Pilot – The pilot may have committed a careless error while flying the plane – perhaps due to underlying issues such as inexperience, incompetence, fatigue or drug or alcohol impairment.
  • Airline or charter – The owner and operator of the aircraft may be held liable for the negligence of its employees as well as for its own negligence in the hiring, training and supervision of its workers.
  • Manufacturer – Those who manufacture airplanes and helicopters may be liable if design or construction flaws caused a crash, including flaws that the manufacturer of the aircraft or aircraft components knew or should have known about.

The Driscoll Firm’s experience with taking on major corporations, including international companies, can be extremely beneficial to you as you move forward in your case.

How Can Our Lawyers Help after an Aviation Accident?

With our experience and resources, The Driscoll Firm can handle a wide range of aviation accident cases, including those which involve:

  • Commercial airliners
  • Private or charter airplanes
  • Helicopters
  • Small aircraft
  • Flight instruction.

We are an innovative law firm that will explore all theories of liability and take action against all responsible parties. We will also be aggressive when dealing with insurance companies.

We believe that our background in handling high-stakes litigation can make a meaningful difference for you, specifically our experience with representing individuals and classes of injured parties in state and federal courts throughout the country.

We can seek maximum compensation when pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim on your behalf, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of services, society and financial support
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

Although an aviation case may take time to resolve, we will make sure to keep you updated and informed at every stage of your case.

Our Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyers Want to Help You

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation crash, you can count on The Driscoll Firm to provide the highly professional legal assistance you need. We will work closely with you to seek the answers and compensation you deserve.

We work with clients across the nation. We can begin immediate work on your case. To receive a free and confidential consultation, contact us today.

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