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Airplane Crashes

Tacoma Attorneys Litigate Complex Airplane Crash Cases

Seeking compensation for crew, passengers and injured parties on the ground

Aviation is a vital sector of the Washington State economy, an essential means of transportation throughout the Pacific Northwest and a thrilling hobby for private aviators. But when planes malfunction or pilots make mistakes, the results can be disastrous. Since 1959, the aviation accident attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC have helped victims of plane crashes and their grieving families. We fight to obtain compensation and hold accountable those parties who cause widespread damage and horrific losses.

What are the leading causes of airplane crashes?

Statistically, commercial airline flight is incredibly safe, with the odds of being killed on a flight being 1 in 29.4 million. But other air traffic from charter jets, privately owned aircraft, sightseeing planes and helicopters, traffic helicopters, aerial crop dusters, aviation schools, and aircraft rental centers, also creates risk. Even naval aircraft are vulnerable, as the fatal crash of a plane out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island demonstrated in 2013. When planes do go down, the leading causes are:

  • Pilot error — This cause raises the question of negligence. Did the pilot have adequate training? Was the pilot inattentive? Did pilot distraction or intoxication play a role? Was the pilot imprudent in choosing to fly given the plane’s condition or the weather?
  • Weather — While the law often treats weather-related phenomena as a force majeure, an irresistible event akin to an “act of God,” the decision to fly in adverse weather could be negligent or even reckless.
  • Mechanical failure — A failure of a plane or its parts might be attributable to a defective design, defective manufacture or faulty maintenance.
  • Sabotage — A deliberate act designed to bring a plane down creates a cause of action for anyone who was harmed, but unfortunately, such criminals rarely have sufficient assets to compensate their victims.
  • Other human error — This could be a mistake by a flight controller communicating with the pilot. It might also involve the way cargo was loaded, either beyond the plane’s capacity or in an unsecured or unbalanced manner that made operating the plane impossible.

Reconstructing aviation accidents to determine cause and liability

The flight data recorder, also called the black box, is an important source of information for the cause of a plane crash. But it is only one piece of evidence that assists in establishing liability. Our personal injury attorneys consult with accident reconstruction experts and aviation engineers to thoroughly investigate all aspects of a plane crash, because even the tiniest detail can be instrumental in helping you get the maximum benefit to which you are entitled.

Contact our Tacoma aviation lawyers for dedicated representation in your plane crash case

If you were harmed in an aviation accident or a loved one was lost in a plane crash, you need a dedicated legal team with the skill, experience and resources to prosecute your case. The seasoned trial attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC are ready to help. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call us at 253-383-5388 or contact our office online.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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