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Georgia Aviation Accident Litigation

September 01, 2010

While statistically air travel is the safest form of travel based on accident rates, serious aviation accidents almost always result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The volume of air travel is predicted to increase dramatically over the next two decades, which will mean a corresponding increase in the number of residents in the greater Atlanta metro area and throughout Georgia who are the tragic victims of aviation accidents. Aviation accident cases often involve several potentially responsible parties; complex state, federal and international laws and regulations; and detailed engineering and aviation industry standards.

Hopefully, no one close to you will ever be involved in an aviation accident, but if you or someone you love is involved in such a tragic accident, the attorneys and staff at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law will devote the energy and care necessary to ensure that victims of such tragedies receive the compensation and care they deserve.

The aviation industry is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enacts regulations covering such issues as flight crew policies and conduct, airline operations, industry manufacturing standards, and aircraft maintenance policies, and also the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB investigates airline crashes and develops policies designed to prevent future aviation accidents. Given the degree to which the airline industry is regulated, the failure of an airline company to comply with such safety regulations can create a basis for imposing liability, if the non-compliance contributes to an aviation accident.

The complexity of an aviation accident means that there can be a number of potentially responsible parties in the event of a tragic airplane crash. The responsible parties will depend on the unique circumstances of the aviation accident but may include the pilot or crew, the manufacturer of the aircraft or any of its systems or components, the airline company, the maintenance crew, and even the federal government or its agencies. The liability of any of these potential parties is often based on a lack of compliance with aviation industry standards and regulations related to safe operation, engineering, design, manufacture or maintenance of the aircraft. With the myriad of regulations and factors involved in an aviation accident, the attorneys of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, know that it is imperative that we carefully investigate the circumstances of any crash involving our clients so that we can ensure that every appropriate responsible party is included in the lawsuit.

The most common legal theories that serve as the basis for liability in an aviation accident are negligence and product liability. An airline pilot or maintenance person may be negligent if they fail to act as a reasonably prudent person to protect passengers and the public from a foreseeable risk of harm. A failure to comply with industry standards or federal aviation regulations may be sufficient to establish negligence. A product liability theory may apply when a defect in the design, manufacture or construction of the aircraft results in an aviation accident. If a defect in the airplane or any of its component parts or systems contributes to the accident, a strict liability standard may be applied depending on the circumstances. Strict liability means that simply establishing that the product was defective is sufficient to show negligence.

When you or someone you love is injured in an airline crash or other aviation accident, you need a law firm that understands the complexities involved in such cases, but with the compassion and understanding to help you or your loved ones through the tragedy. The law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been working closely to help those injured by the careless or intentional acts of others throughout the State of Georgia for over 39 years. Our Georgia aviation accident attorneys know that the serious consequences and complexity of an aviation accident requires attorneys who are experienced, knowledgeable and most importantly, attorneys who care and who will work hard to protect your rights. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED, or visit us on the web at

Category: Personal Injury

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