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Nevada Plane Crash Kills One, Injures Three

According to recent reports, a plane crash in Laughlin, Nevada, has left one dead and three injured. The crash occurred nearly 100 miles south of Las Vegas near Needles Highway shortly before 6:00 p.m. At the time of the plane crash, there were four individuals on board. After receiving reports of the crash, the Clark County Fire Department and the Las Vegas police responded. The crash caused a fire in the area of the wreckage which reached nearby foliage. Upon arriving, officials found three injured persons, one of which had to be rescued from the burning wreckage. Meanwhile, the Bullhead City Fire Department, the Metro and the CCFD worked to control the raging and spreading fire. Those injured in the crash were airlifted by Mercy Air and Care Flight to nearby hospitals. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Traffic Safety Bureau are investigating the plane crash.

Aviation Accident Law

Did you know that air travel is actually considered a safer means of transportation than driving? Though this may be statistically true, when aviation accidents occur they often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Aviation accident law was developed to cover crashes of both small and large air carriers. Currently, two federal agencies regulate air travel and are in place to investigate aviation accidents:
  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
These agencies set strict safety standards for flight operations, pilot conduct and aircraft manufacturing.

Plane Crashes and Personal Injury

If you have been the victim of an aviation accident or have lost a loved one in a plane crash, you could have grounds for seeking compensation for your damages. Determining liability is key to winning a personal injury suit. Just as with vehicle accidents, there are many reasons why a plane may crash, including:
  • Pilot error
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations
  • Faulty equipment
  • Negligence by Flight Service Station employees, Federal Air Traffic Controllers or a third-party carrier
  • Structural or design problems
Because aviation litigation is extremely complex, it is important to seek the help of a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will help you determine who is responsible for the accident, whether the pilot or the manufacturer were at fault, and will help you gather evidence to use during negotiations or in court. Your attorney will represent you in either setting, leaving you time to focus on recovery. If you have been the victim of an accident or have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence, the team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas have the experience and skill to help. Call today for a free consultation.