Airplane Accident Attorneys in Houston

Airplane accidents are among the most tragic and devastating events that can occur. Whether they involve commercial airliners, private planes, or helicopters, these incidents often result in significant loss of life and serious injuries. Understanding the causes of airplane accidents, the legal implications, and the steps to take in the aftermath is crucial for those affected. At Davis Law Group, we are committed to providing experienced, compassionate legal representation to victims and their families in the aftermath of aviation disasters.

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Our Approach

Airplane accidents can be devastating, resulting in serious injuries or even death. Nothing can replace a lost life, and beyond the physical and emotional toll, victims and their families often also face financial burdens such as medical bills, lost wages, and funeral expenses. Our Houston airplane accident lawyers help victims and their families seek compensation for their losses. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, Davis Law Group can handle a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the airline, the plane or parts manufacturer, or other parties who may be responsible for the accident.

Why Davis Law Group?

At Davis Law Group, we understand the devastation that airplane accidents can cause, and we put in the hours to help victims and their families seek justice. Our team of experienced Houston attorneys, led by double-board-certified personal injury attorney Joshua Davis, has successfully handled complex aviation accident cases and will thoroughly investigate the accident, determine liability, and hold responsible parties accountable. With our compassionate approach and dedication to our clients' needs, you can trust that you are in good hands.

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Common Causes of Airplane Accidents

Pilot Error

Pilot error can include mistakes in judgment, decision-making, or actions by the pilot or crew. Examples of pilot errors include misinterpreting instruments, disregarding safety procedures, or making incorrect decisions in challenging situations. Fatigue, stress, or inadequate training can contribute to these errors.

Mechanical Failure

Mechanical failure can happen due to various reasons, such as engine failure, malfunctioning components, or structural issues. Regular maintenance and thorough pre-flight checks are crucial in preventing these failures. In some cases, design flaws or manufacturing defects can also lead to mechanical failures.

Inclement Weather

Weather conditions play a significant role in aviation safety. Pilots must be trained to handle various weather conditions, including thunderstorms, icing, turbulence, and low visibility. Flying in adverse weather requires special skills and equipment. Failure to recognize or respond to changing weather conditions can result in accidents.

Air Traffic Control Errors

Errors by air traffic controllers can lead to dangerous situations in the air. Miscommunication, incorrect instructions, or failure to provide timely guidance can result in collisions or near-misses. Pilots rely on accurate and clear instructions from air traffic controllers to navigate safely. Improvements in communication systems and procedures aim to reduce these errors.


While rare, sabotage has been a cause of some aviation accidents. Intentional acts to harm an aircraft, its passengers, or crew can have catastrophic consequences. Security measures, such as screening procedures and background checks, aim to prevent sabotage incidents. Cooperation between airlines, airports, and security agencies is crucial in ensuring aviation security.

Preventing Airplane Accident-Related Injuries

National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents, including airplane accidents. The NTSB determines the cause of accidents and makes recommendations to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

After an airplane accident, the NTSB sends a team of investigators to the scene to collect evidence, interview witnesses, and analyze data. The NTSB's investigation can take months or even years to complete, but their thoroughness is essential to improving airplane safety.

Airport Safety Measures

Airports have a responsibility to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members. To achieve this, airports implement a variety of safety measures, including:

  • Regular maintenance and inspections of runways, taxiways, and other airport infrastructure
  • Training for airport personnel on emergency response procedures
  • Security measures to prevent unauthorized access to airport property
  • Compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and guidelines
  • Communication between airports and airlines to ensure that airplanes are properly maintained and operated safely

Steps to Take After an Airplane Accident

  • Ensure Safety: If you are able, move to a safe location to avoid further harm.
  • Seek Medical Attention: Check yourself and others for injuries and seek medical help immediately.
  • Notify Authorities: Contact emergency services and report the accident to the relevant authorities.
  • Preserve Evidence: Document the scene if it is safe to do so–take photos of the accident site, any injuries, and property damage.
  • Exchange Information: Obtain contact information from other parties involved, including passengers and witnesses.
  • Do Not Admit Fault: Refrain from admitting fault or discussing details about the accident with anyone other than the authorities or your legal representation.
  • Contact Your Airline: Inform the airline of the accident and follow their instructions regarding the next steps.
  • Call Davis Law Group: Contact our Houston aviation accident attorneys to understand your rights and options for seeking compensation.

Federal Aviation Laws and Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates aviation safety in the United States. The FAA has established a comprehensive set of regulations that govern all aspects of aviation, including aircraft design, maintenance, operation, and pilot certification. Federal aviation regulations are designed to establish the safety of passengers and crew and protect the public and property on the ground. In the event of an airplane accident, the FAA investigates the cause of the accident and determines whether any regulations were violated. Violations of federal aviation regulations can result in civil penalties, fines, and even criminal charges.

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Your Case Matters, and We Are Here to Help

Aviation accidents are catastrophic events, often leading to multiple fatalities or serious injuries. If you have been injured or suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, you don’t have to handle the aftermath alone. When faced with such a tragedy, you can rely on the caring and knowledgeable team of Houston airplane accident lawyers to guide you every step of the way. Contact us for a free consultation; we will review your case, explain your rights, and help you understand your legal options. You can trust us to work for your best interests.

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