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Think Aviation Accidents Are Never Caused by Drunken Pilots . . . Think Again

April 20, 2013

We frequently discuss the danger of operating motor vehicles when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but this discussion usually focuses on cars, SUVs, pickups, motorcycles and tractor-trailers. While the prospect of an intoxicated driver speeding down the highways of Georgia at sixty mph is an unnerving possibility, the danger posed by a pilot operating a commercial airline flight while under the influence is even more terrifying.

The AP has widely reported that a commercial airline pilot preparing to board a flight headed for New Jersey was arrested and cited for a misdemeanor violation of operating or attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol. Chemical blood testing results indicated that his BAC level was .09 percent, which is more than double the .04 percent BAC level at which a pilot is considered to be alcohol-impaired. When a commercial pilot has consumed alcohol, federal regulations require that the pilot allow at least eight hours to elapse before boarding a plane to operate the aircraft. Alternatively, the pilot's BAC level must be under the .04 BAC legal standard for impairment.

While commercial airline crashes are not common because of the extensive regulations designed to keep passengers on airplanes safe, the nature of commercial airline accidents often result in devastating injuries or wrongful death. Although not all commercial airline crashes are the product of negligence, many crashes involving commercial airlines are the result of design deficiencies, pilot error, substandard maintenance, errors committed by air traffic controllers, structural defects or failure to follow appropriate procedures in bad weather.

The selection of a law firm to handle an aviation accident lawsuit requires careful consideration of the firm's resources and longevity. Commercial airline accident litigation can be one of the most time and resource intensive forms of litigation. Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer life-altering injuries and wrongful death for over three decades and has a legal team of 35 lawyers, in addition to a number of additional attorneys that are associated to work with the firm as needed, and we have the resources to protect your rights and to do what it takes to get the job done right.

Our Georgia aviation accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to personal injury victims throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast.

Why Montlick & Associates?

Choosing an experienced law firm can make all the difference in getting you the best possible outcome for your case. For over 37 years, Montlick & Associates has been helping families in Georgia and throughout the Southeast obtiain the financial compensation they deserve after an accident. No matter where you are located, the attorneys at Montlick & Associates are just a phone call away, and will even come to you. Call 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit online at and use the firm's Free 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

Category: Personal Injury

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