Slack & Davis represented the family of a pilot who died as a result of a 2006 Robinson R44 helicopter crash in Fredericksburg, TX. KENS-TV reporters spoke to aviation attorney Michael Slack about the crash. Excerpt: “Their determination of probable cause looked at why the helicopter hit the ground. The NTSB didn’t bother to examine why everybody got horribly injured,” said attorney Michael Slack, who represented the Nemec family in its lawsuit against Robinson Helicopter Company. Continue reading
Slack & Davis aviation attorney Ladd Sanger recently published an article about unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and potential legal issues associated with them in Texas Lawyer. This article appeared in the July 14, 2014, edition. Continue reading
In 1996, the crash of Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800 off Long Island, NY, killed 230 people and helped push Congress to enact the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act. This act ensures that victims and families affected by an airline crash are treated with care and respect. Continue reading
Aviation law is the branch of law related to air travel, air flight, the safety of passengers and their belongings, as well as aviation business concerns.
Technological improvements, aviation education, security regulations and training, as well as state, federal and international guidelines are all established and maintained to ensure safe and secure air travel. There are times, however, when passengers and/or their belongings are harmed during air travel. When this happens, passengers and their families need to know how to get the best possible care, assistance and legal advice in order to recover from an airplane accident, helicopter crash or any other type of aviation disaster.
Sometimes, the system works. But, as you will read below, sometimes not without the help of a knowledgeable and diligent aviation law team. The article, “Unfit for Flight,” written by Thomas Frank and featured in yesterday’s USA Today, outlines a serious problem in that, “Nearly 45,000 people have been killed over the past five decades in private planes and helicopters — almost nine times the number that have died in airline crashes — and federal investigators have cited pilots as causing or contributing to 86% of private crashes. But a USA TODAY investigation shows repeated instances in which crashes, deaths and injuries were caused by defective parts and dangerous designs, casting doubt on the government’s official rulings…”