950 Technology Way, Suite 120, Libertyville, IL 60048
Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.

Call Us847-662-3303

Facebook Twitter Youtube


Can I Sue if I Was Grievously Injured in a Private Airplane Crash?

Posted on in Personal Injury Lawsuits

IL injury lawyerJust a few weeks ago, a small plane from Illinois crashed in Ohio, killing both men on board. While large airline crashes make international news, small airplane accidents are more common and usually kill and injure far more people every year than major plane crashes. Several hundred people die in private plane crashes in a typical year, and many thousands more are injured. If you or a loved one have been injured in a private or commercial plane crash, you may want to take legal action.

Why Do Private Planes Crash More Often?

Pilots of private planes require less training and flight time than commercial airline pilots, particularly when planes are flown by private owners who fly and maintain their aircraft as a hobby. While many small airplane owners enjoy taking their friends and family on local trips, a pilot’s lack of experience or an insufficiently rigorous safety routine can contribute to a fatal plane crash.

Private airplanes also lack the autopilot functions and safety mechanisms of commercial aircraft that can correct and assist pilots in real-time, so small errors can quickly contribute to a fatal accident. While the classic idea of a plane crash happens in flight, plane crashes can also occur even when a plane is not in the air; in fact, taxiing on runways is one of the most dangerous times to be on a plane.

Common Causes of Plane Crashes

Although private and commercial aircraft are different, the number one reason for crashes is the same for both: pilot error. Other common reasons for airplane crashes include:

  • Air traffic controller error
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Equipment failures
  • Poor maintenance
  • Manufacturer’s defects
  • Taxiing errors or mistakes during takeoff and landing

While they may be rare, the consequences of plane crashes for the victims and families of victims can be permanently life-changing. If you or a loved one have suffered in a plane crash, consider learning more about your legal options in a free case review with an Illinois plane crash attorney before you agree to a settlement or a public statement.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Lake County Accident Lawyer

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our experienced team of Lake County injury attorneys has litigated and settled many high-profile injury cases and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for the victims of accidents. We handle every case with confidentiality and skill so you can trust us to manage your legal affairs while you focus on recovery. Call us now at 847-662-3303.




Avvo Elite Lawyer Badge 10 Best 2016 ASLA 2017 Nation's Top One Percent American Justice Institute Top 10 Chicago Bar Association DuPage County Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Kane County Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Lake County Bar Association McHenry County Bar Association Workers Compensation Lawyers Association Martindale Hubbell Salvi & Maher, LLC BBB Business Review
Back to Top