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New York Aviation Accident Attorney

Our aviation attorneys are well equipped to get injured victims the compensation they deserve for their damages. Well over a thousand fatal and nonfatal aviation accidents and incidents are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board every year, including dozens in New York. While commercial airline disasters make the news worldwide, most plane crashes involve small, private planes and jets manufactured by companies like Cessna, Piper, and Textron. Airplane crashes and other aviation accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injury or death to persons on-board. Investigating an airplane accident to determine its cause and hold the responsible parties accountable to the accident victims is a complex matter, and many state and federal laws may come into play to establish or limit a plane owner’s liability.

The personal injury law firm of Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP has been helping victims of serious accidents recover from the negligence of others since before the first airplane ever left the ground. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or worse in an aviation accident, call our office in Kingston to speak with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer.

Common causes of Aviation Accidents in New York

Airplane travel overall has a good safety record. When a crash happens, it is usually due to negligence on the part of the pilot, a mechanic, the airplane manufacturer or others. Our aviation accident attorneys work hard to determine the cause of an airplane accident and hold the responsible parties accountable to their victims. We handle all manner of aviation accidents in the Hudson Valley, including those caused by:

  • Pilot or crew error
  • Airplane defect
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Air traffic controller error

Airplane Accidents Raise Complex Legal and Factual Issues

Design defects and manufacturing defects in airplanes or component parts may cause them to fail at a critical moment, even years after their date of manufacture. However, aviation companies are protected by statutes of repose that limit airplane defect claims against older planes. It’s important to retain an experienced and sophisticated injury law firm to make sure statutes of limitations and repose unique to airplane accidents are not missed.

Commercial and private plane crashes may involve applying the laws of the state where the accident occurred or where the victims were from, as well as federal aviation laws. Additionally, aviation accidents over the Atlantic Ocean may implicate special laws such as the Death on the High Seas Act or the highly technical area of law known as admiralty law. Finally, international airline crashes can require the application of international law such as the Warsaw Convention or the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. For these reasons and more, it is important to retain a law firm with the skills, experience, knowledge, and resources to take on a complex and costly aviation accident claim.

Help is Available After a Plane Accident

For help after an aviation accident in the Hudson Valley, call Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a free consultation with experienced and dedicated New York personal injury lawyers, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, or in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.

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