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What Are Common Causes of Airplane Accidents?

Hold airlines accountable. Contact New York airline accident Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC .

Airline accidents happen rarely. When they do, the consequences are often catastrophic. Understanding why airline accidents happen can be complicated. Investigators typically spend months trying to determine why a commercial airliner crashed.

At Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC, our New York airline accident attorneys are fully committed to helping families dealing with the aftermath of complicated airline accidents in the United States and around the world. We know how to investigate these accidents and we have the case results to prove it.

Some of the verdicts and settlements our attorneys helped secure for airline accident victims and their families include:

  • $32 million for relatives of victims of American Airlines Flight 587 Belle Harbor, NY *
  • $5 million for relatives of victims of Swissair Flight 111 Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia *
  • $3.6 million for landmark case involving relatives of victim of Egyptair Flight 990 *
  • $2 million for relatives of victim of defective handrail on airplane stairs *

Attorney Reiter also represented some of the families of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. *

What are common causes of airline accidents?

Airline accidents happen for many reasons. Accident investigators routinely spend weeks or months determining the cause of such accidents, which are often complicated by the fact that crash took place over the ocean and the airplane can be difficult to locate.

Some of the most common causes of airplane accidents we regularly deal with at our law firm include:

  • Pilot error – Airline pilots often make mistakes for a variety of reasons, including inexperience or even being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Mechanical failure – Thousands of moving parts must work perfectly together in order for an airplane to function properly. If one of these parts breaks or doesn’t work properly because of a mechanical failure, the consequences can be tragic.
  • Poor maintenance – Airlines have a responsibility to properly maintain their airplanes. Otherwise, airplanes sometimes develop serious structural problems which result in an accident.
  • Defective parts – Even the best maintained airplanes are sometimes involved in accidents due to mistakes made by the manufacturer of the airplane.
  • Pilot falling asleep – Airline pilots sometimes work long, grueling hours without sufficient rest. As a result, fatigued pilots sometimes cause airline accidents.
  • Terrorist attack – Airlines hijacked by terrorists have been involved in some of the worst airline accidents in history. Terrorists also sometimes cause airline accidents by placing explosive devices on an airplane.

What should I do if the airline denies wrongdoing in my airline accident?

Airlines often insist that an airplane accident was not their fault. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced airline accident lawyer who can help you take legal action against the airline and build a strong case against the airline.

At Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC, we have years of experience holding airlines accountable for their actions in the United States and around the world. Contact us. We can help.

Should I sue the airline if I’m a victim of an airline accident?

Filing a lawsuit against the airline is often the best way to obtain financial compensation from the airline. However, it’s important to explore all your options before you take legal action after your airline accident. It’s also important to consider where you will file your lawsuit. Many jurisdictions have different laws governing aviation accidents.

We can help you decide the best legal venue for filing your lawsuit. Some of your options include filing your lawsuit where the flight originated, the intended destination, your hometown or the location of the airline’s headquarters. There are many available options. Contact us for a free consultation.

Why should I hire New York airline accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter?

Determining the cause of an airline accident requires an in-depth knowledge of aeronautical engineering, airline operations, airport security and even a complex understanding of weather patterns and how they affect an airplane.

We possess this knowledge, because we have handled a variety of complex cases involving aviation accidents throughout the world. Why we consistently uncover the truth about airline accidents in the United States and worldwide to hold the negligent parties accountable. When you hire us, our experienced airline accident attorneys can help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Carefully investigating your airline accident
  • Consulting with airline accident experts
  • Dealing directly with the airline
  • Negotiating with the airline or its insurance company
  • Filing a lawsuit against the airline if necessary

Put your trust in an airplane accident lawyer who will put your needs first

Having an experienced airplane accident attorney on your side can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. We understand the laws governing airplane accident, we know how to win and we have the case results to prove it.

Timing means everything when it comes to airplane accident cases. The sooner you contact us, the better. The reason? Any delay could possibly jeopardize your case. Evidence sometimes disappears. Witnesses change their stories. Don’t be caught off guard. Take back control.

This may be your only opportunity for justice. Seize it. Contact us. Call (212) 736-0979 and schedule a free consultation. We’re conveniently located in The Empire State Building in Manhattan. Case results matter here. Contact Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC, today.

(* Cases were prosecuted by Mr. Reiter as a member of a separate and distinct law firm.)


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Lenox Hill Hospital

A 652-bed teaching hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood at 100 E. 77th Street. This 652-bed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves mostly patients from Manhattan, but other patients are admitted from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and throughout the tri-state region. Anyone who suspects negligence after treatment should speak with an experienced attorney immediately.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Bellevue Hospital Center

Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 1st Avenue has 828 beds and experiences 115,797 emergency room visits each year. Bellevue had a higher rate of infections compared to hospitals in other states, according to a New York State Department of Health Report in 2009. Anyone who is injured by the negligence of a doctor or nurse at this Manhattan hospital, the oldest in the United States, will need an experienced attorney with experience and resources needed to take aggressive action.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital

Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street in New York is one of the main campuses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This hospital, with 170 beds, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services. According to an article in the New York Post, New York-Presbyterian scored 18 percent below average for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals by Consumer Reports magazine. Patients who suspect medical malpractice should not hesitate to arrange a consultation with a New York City attorney who can investigate and hold the negligent medical care provider accountable.


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Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The main hospital known as the Petrie Division is located at First Avenue and 16th Street. But Mount Sinai Beth Israel has other campuses, including Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital with 1,368 beds. If you suffered any form of negligence while being treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, take action immediately to protect your rights.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan provides cancer care to patients. The hospital is composed of two institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides patient care, and the Sloan Kettering Institute, which is focused on research. Patients who suspect a failure to diagnose cancer or some other type of hospital negligence can contact a lawyer to discuss options.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital at One Gustave L. Levy Place is a 1,048-bed facility founded in 1852. It is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country. Consumer Reports rated Mount Sinai 31 percent below average for patient safety. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice at any Manhattan hospital, don’t wait to contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. You may be entitled to compensation.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue was ranked No. 14 out of the 30 worst hospitals for patient safety, as identified by Consumer Reports. The magazine examined four key measures of patient safety: hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and the quality of communication between staff and patients in regard to medications and discharge planning.


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New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at 630 West 168th Street was described by a lawmaker as having “horrendous conditions.” Emergency room wait times last an average of 85 minutes, which rank among New York’s 10 worst. Any patient who was treated at the 995-bed hospital in Washington Heights and suspects negligence should not hesitate to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center at 506 Malcolm X Blvd. received a 20 on a 1-to-100 scale gauging patient safety by Consumer Reports. The hospital received the second worst score in the nation, according to a New York Post report. Harlem Hospital told Consumer Reports it needs to improve in some areas, according to the Post. The hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 272 beds.