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About Aviation Accidents

I'VE BEEN HURT IN A PLANE ACCIDENT, WHAT DO I DO?

General aviation covers all civilian flight except the scheduled passenger airlines. General aviation can range all the way from a glider operated by a hobbyist to a corporate business jet. Although many travelers may not be familiar with general aviation, it actually makes up the majority of world air traffic. Furthermore, the majority of airports only serve general aviation.
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, there are over 199,000 general aviation aircraft based in the United States flying almost 23 million flight hours yearly and operating out of more than 5,000 U.S. public airports. The commercial airlines, on the other hand, serve less than 500 airports.

The aviation accident attorneys at Alford & Clark may be able to help with your general aviation accident case. Alford & Clark can help you navigate the general aviation laws and regulations. For example, the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (GARA) protects the manufacturers of general aviation aircraft and parts “from long-term liability in those instances where a particular aircraft has been in operation for a considerable number of years” by creating a statute of repose. This statute of repose can completely shield these manufacturers from liability by giving them immunity from civil lawsuits for death or injury to persons or damage to property arising out of an accident involving a general aviation aircraft after that aircraft or part has been on the market for 18 years.

Even if your injuries arose out of an older general aviation aircraft or part, Alford & Clark may still be able to help if we can prove (1) that the manufacturer knowingly misrepresented, concealed, or witheld required information from the Federal Aviation Administration relevant to the performance or the maintenance or operation of such aircraft, or the component, system, subassembly, or other part that is causally related to the harm which you suffered; (2) if the person for whose injury or death the claim is being made is a passenger for purposes of receiving treatment for a medical or other emergency; (3) if the person for whose injury or death the claim is being made was not aboard the aircraft at the time of the accident; or (4) that the lawsuit is brought under a written warranty put out by the manufacturer.

As you can see, the law related to general aviation can be very complex, and you need Alford & Clark in your corner when facing serious injuries from a general aviation accident.

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An aviation injury can be the result of a slip and fall at an airport, a hot beverage spilled while waiting for takeoff, a mechanical failure, or even a tragic and deadly crash. Depending upon where and how the injury occurred, these cases can be exceedingly complex. No matter the source of your aviation injury, you should call the attorneys at Alford & Clark now for a free consultation.

Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on helping victims of aviation accidents. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches – both big and small. We help find the proper defendant, help you get the medical care you need, and help you move on with your life.

Call us now for a free, confidential consultation. Our aviation accident attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket. That’s because – unlike some other law firms – our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings. Best of all, there is zero risk to you. If we don’t win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. ​We only get paid when we win your case. ​



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Commercial aviation accidents are governed by an extremely complex patchwork of state laws, federal maritime law, and international treaties. The method by which liability (legal responsibility) and damages are determined can be radically different depending on the facts of your case and on where your lawsuit is brought. At Alford & Clark, your aviation accident lawyers will look for the best jurisdiction to bring your case in order to maximize your claim.

If you are injured during the course of a commercial flight, one of the first legal issues will concern whether your flight was domestic or international. In most domestic aviation accidents, meaning a commercial flight where the departure and arrival take place in the same country, you will typically apply the rules and law of the state where the lawsuit is brought. Picking the right state to bring your case may involve questions of citizenship, destination, accident location, carrier principal office location, and more. With an international flight, the Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention, and other international treaties may add additional complications that your attorneys at Alford & Clark will help you navigate.

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