Aviation incidents which cause injury and death are many and varied. The most recognizable are mid-air collisions and single plane crashes involving either commercial airplanes or helicopters or a private plane and helicopter or both. Also involved are collisions on runways known as runway incursions.
Aviation injuries or deaths can arise from a number of incidents. These include pilot errors, air traffic controller negligence (for example, failure to advise of known dangerous weather conditions and to properly respond to dangerous aircraft positions shown on radar), careless maintenance and/or repair, or poor design of a plane or helicopter. Weather may also be a factor, including pilot knowledge and air traffic control communication in evaluating the conduct of the pilot or air traffic controller.
Most aviation incidents and accidents involve general aviation rather than commercial aviation. In 2008, there were 1,559 general aviation accidents, and 275 of those accidents involved fatalities. In the same year, there were 20 scheduled airline incidents, some of which involved a fatality.
Regardless of the type of aviation incident involved, expert testimony is required to establish liability. Hovde Dassow + Deets has the resources to obtain the most qualified experts necessary to evaluate an aircraft incident and to testify as to any negligence revealed by that investigation.