Where does responsibility lie when an aircraft crashes? Weather? Pilot error? Defective Craft?
Just as manufacturers of cars and trucks will try to shift the blame to the unsuspecting drivers of unsafe motor vehicles, product makers and suppliers in aircraft product liability cases often try to put the onus on the pilots. Negligent design and manufacture of aircraft — whether plane, helicopter or jet — can result in catastrophic injury and death.
Even when detailed aircraft service records, eyewitness testimony and “black box” technology point to problems with the aircraft itself, the defendant manufacturers and sellers of defective aircraft will try to shift the blame to the pilots.
A recent case illustrates this.
Torrance, California-based Robinson Helicopter Company is at the center of much scrutiny for its products’ safety history. In fact, since 2001, a string of lawsuits have been filed against the company. Robinson, the world’s largest manufacturer of helicopters, has often been quick to blame the pilot for problems with its aircraft. Click here to read more.
Pilots bearing the blame for a crash in a defective product liability case are no match for a large aircraft manufacturer like Robinson. An experienced air crash attorney understands how to examine all the evidence to protect the pilot’s best interests. Herndon aircraft crash attorney Doug Landau can help. If you or someone you know is a pilot who has been involved in an aircraft crash and there are questions as to what laws apply email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).