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It is often said that air travel is safer than driving. While this may be true, air travel still presents significant risks. Every time you board an airplane you are putting your life into the hands of hundreds of people you will never meet. You trust the pilot to be skilled and experienced. You rely on the ground crew to be thorough in their pre-flight inspection. You expect the air traffic controller to be alert. You even trust the workers who built the plane to have tightened every rivet and checked every weld.
This is part of why the aviation industry is so highly regulated. Many, many federal and state agencies are charged with some degree of oversight of air travel. From the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees all non-military air traffic in the United States, to regional airport authorities, all these people have a role in ensuring the safety of the aviation industry.
Despite this high level of regulation, air travel accidents do still occur. When they do, the results are all too often tragic. It’s no secret that airplane crashes have the highest mortality rate per accident of any form of public transportation. Yet not every airplane accident is necessarily a disaster that makes the news.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own while traveling on an airplane, you should contact an experienced airplane accident lawyer to find out if you are entitled to recover. The lawyers at Cohen & Cohen P.C. have spent decades helping victims get the compensation they deserve. Call today to see if we can help you.