Commercial airplanes are what are called common carriers, meaning that they are publicly accountable vehicles used for transport; and are governed by a very specific set of rules and guidelines designed for common carriers. Both federal and state laws govern the activities of common carriers, which include not just airplanes, buses, and trains, but services such as postal mail delivery and telephone lines as well.

Because of airlines’ common carrier status, they are afforded certain privileges, but they also have higher standards than private carriers. They require a higher level of skill, a higher standard for safety and accessibility, and a higher standard for care in general.

Following an airplane accident, the fist step is to determine the cause of the crash. This can be a very difficult and extensive task, and will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA. Frequent causes of airplane accidents include pilot error, mechanical failure, design flaws, and extreme weather.

Once a cause for the crash has been determined, victims and families of victims may have a cause for action against the airline. If you or someone you love was a victim of an airline accident, please call Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. at (614) 766-2000, or complete our online contact form. We’ll schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and determine whether you have cause to file suit.