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While relatively rare, commercial airplane accidents do occur. According to the Aviation Safety Network, on average, 28.2 airplane accidents occur each year involving aircraft that carry 14 or more passengers. With a 24% chance of survival, this has resulted in over 6,000 lives lost during the past 10 years.

Smaller, private airplane accidents are much more common. In both cases, the roots of the crash were likely rooted in preventable circumstances. When a preventable crash occurs, that means there’s a person or company whose negligence cost someone else their health or their life.

Common Causes of Airplane Accidents

  • Defective equipment
  • Pilot error
  • Federal air traffic controller negligence
  • Faulty aircraft design or structure
  • Improper aircraft maintenance

No family should suffer as the result of negligence or incompetence. Geoffrey Fieger and his team of skilled attorneys understand aviation law and are here to fight for you. We’ve represented, fought, and won millions of dollars in financial compensation for family members of victims of commercial and private airplane accidents.

We will examine all of the available evidence, including air traffic control records, flight data recorders, cockpit voice recorders, crash photos, maintenance logs, and more to make sure you get justice, restitution, and closure.

Types of Aircraft Involved in Airplane Accidents

  • Major air carriers
  • Small private planes
  • Large business jets
  • Helicopters
  • Hang gliders
  • Tour or charter flights

Whether you need a private plane crash lawyer, or a charter plane crash attorney, Fieger Law is here to get you the compensation you deserve in the wake of your accident.

Airplane Accident Lawsuit FAQ:

How much do airlines pay crash victims?

Similar to other personal injury claims, an airplane accident settlement seeks to reimburse victims for any medical expenses, lost income, disability or disfigurement, longterm therapy or treatment, and any pain or suffering.
If you have lost a loved one in a plane crash, you may be eligigble to receive death benefits which may cover lost future earnings, funeral and burial expenses, as well as pain and suffering experience by the victim prior to their death.

How long does a plane crash investigation take?

Because there are often many contributing factors in a plane crash, aircraft accident investigations can sometimes take months to complete. Even after the investigation is complete, it may take several years before a case is fully resolved.
However, if you hire Fieger Law to represent you, we will stay by your side every step of the way, through the investigation and into the court room if need be.

Who investigates a plane crash?

While international flights may be dealt with and investigated by a different party, in the United States the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates any major aviation accidents.

If you have been injured or have lost a family member as the result of an airplane accident, don’t settle for what insurance companies will offer. Call the experts at Fieger Law. Our airplane accident lawyers in Michigan don’t settle when it comes to your future. We fight for you…and we win.


For over 30 years, the nationally-recognized Michigan airplane accident lawyers at Fieger Law have fought and won judgements for our clients. If you or your family member suffered from an accident, Geoffrey Fieger and the expert attorneys at Fieger Law can help.

When you can’t afford to lose your case, call 1-800-A-WINNER or tell us about your case using our online form. We can being investigating the crash and get your family the answers and support they need.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.
This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.