The Legal Implications of Plane Crashes

Illinois Plane Crash Attorneys

Whether you are a pilot, co-pilot, or a passenger, being involved in a private or commercial airplane crash can have long-term legal implications in terms of property damage, personal injury, and insurance coverage issues. In 2014, it was estimated by the Federal Aviation Administration that there were approximately 593,499 total active pilot certificates being held by individuals in the U.S. This statistic alone shows that there is a substantial number of individuals that become the unfortunate victims of plane crashes and therefore need to fully understand the legal implications of if and when a plane crash were to occur. 

In the State of Illinois, all aircraft are required to be registered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) including paying annual registration fees, certificates of registration, renewals, and certificates of compliance. In fact, Illinois state law mandates that any and all aircraft registered must post its certificate, “where it may be readily seen by passengers or inspectors (i.e., on the pocket of the kick panel) and must be presented for inspection upon demand by any passenger, any peace officer of this state, any officer or authorized employee or designee of the department, or any official, manager or person in charge of any airport or any restricted landing area in Illinois upon which the aircraft lands.” As such, if you are an owner or operator of an aircraft in Illinois, you need to be certain that such certificates are posted in a public and accessible way. If you are a passenger of such an aircraft, you are entitled to ask and otherwise view such information. 

Such laws are important if the aircraft is ever involved in an accident, and can affect your issues relating to property damage, personal injury, and insurance coverage. Issues regarding insurance coverage, claims, and liability, are generally determined based upon the information you are able to obtain at the scene of the accident and become significantly more complicated the less information you are able to obtain. 

For commercial passengers, most reputable airlines now have specific claims processing information, including a claims division or department, that can evaluate, review, and process any individual claims, whether it be an injury sustained as a result of falling mishandled baggage by an airline attendant, a slip and fall, or something more serious, if there is personal injury resulting from an actual plane crash.

If you have been involved in a plane accident or crash, you need a seasoned Illinois plane accident attorney on your side to help you evaluate and seek recovery for such issues. Plane accidents are by their very nature unique, and not your typical automobile accidents and can be complex with serious property and personal injury related damages. Call or email the Newland & Newland Law Firm today for a complimentary consultation to see how we can help you.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL