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Aviation Accidents

Sid Gilreath is a licensed aircraft pilot with a multi engine-instrument-land rating and over 5000 hours as pilot in command.  The attorneys at Gilreath & Associates have the aviation law expertise and experience that you require.

While travel by air is usually considered one of the safest modes of transportation, it also carries many inherent risks.  Most people don't realize the frequency with which aviation accidents of all kinds occur.  Recent statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board reported 1,837 accidents involving 1,861 small and large aircraft in the United States in just one year.  Of these accidents, 345 involved fatalities, with a total of 596 people killed.

There can be many causes for a plane crash or accident, including:

  • Pilot error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Defective aircraft design or manufacture
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Severe weather conditions

Whatever the cause, the results of an aviation accident are often disastrous.  The altitudes and speeds at which aircraft travel can result in grievous personal injury or death from even a minor incident.  Airline accidents can devastate families, cause untold amounts of damage, and leave many people in emotional and financial distress. 

At Gilreath & Associates, our attorneys have successfully represented clients and their families involved in commercial airline crashes and small plane and helicopter accidents.  We have learned that it is rarely a clear-cut process to determine liability in an aviation accident.  Depending on the cause of the accident, the liable parties might include the aircraft's owner or operator, manufacturers or maintenance suppliers, or even the federal government. 

Complex federal and state laws and regulations, along with unique product liability and insurance coverage questions, mean an aircraft accident case requires an extremely detailed analysis by an experienced aviation crash attorney.  Gilreath & Associate’s attorneys understand the complexity of aviation-related accidents and have extensive experience working with:  

  • The National Transportation Safety Board
  • The Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Red Cross
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • State and local agencies involved in investigating airline crashes

Never accept a settlement from an airline insurance company without first speaking to an experienced aviation accident lawyer.  The Tennessee attorneys at Gilreath & Associates have the aviation law expertise and experience that you require.  Contact us today if you or a loved one has suffered injury from an aviation accident.

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