Your Trusted Aviation Accident Lawyers

Usually, when we step onto an airplane or helicopter, we’re thinking about our destination, not the risks of air travel. Yet unlike accidents involving other forms of transportation, aviation accidents often have a catastrophic impact. Loss of life, injuries, and property damages sustained in an airplane accident or helicopter crash typically far outweigh those associated with a car accident. For over 25 years, victims of aviation accidents and their families have chosen the aviation accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger to navigate the complex litigation rules associated with air travel and to receive just compensation for their losses.

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The Aviation Accident Law Firm with the Experience and Compassion You Need

Demand for air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. As air traffic increases, so does the risk that passengers will be injured or involved in a fatal aviation accident or life-altering helicopter crash. The caring airplane accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger have a unique combination of skills and experience in the aviation industry to help advise victims and their loved ones in the event of an accident.

The attorneys of Slack Davis Sanger regularly handle the following types of aviation cases:

Commercial Airplane Crashes and Accidents

These large-scale tragedies often involve multiple defendants, the National Transportation Safety Board, independent investigators, commercial airline carriers, and aircraft manufacturers. Air crash litigation and multiple layers of state, federal, and international law make these cases extremely challenging to take on. The aviation accident attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger have successfully represented passengers involved in commercial airline crashes across the United States, as well as in dozens of foreign countries.

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Private Plane Crashes and Accidents

Although we may hear more about commercial airline crashes, commuter planes and air taxi charters that hold fewer than 30 passengers have higher crash and accident rates than flights on the major carriers. These types of private aircraft are governed by a different set of federal safety regulations than larger planes, although the impact on victims and families can be just as heartbreaking in the event of a crash. The experienced plane crash attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger apply their knowledge for the benefit of those who have sustained an injury or lost a loved one in a plane crash.

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Helicopter Crashes and Accidents

Vacation spots advertise helicopter tours as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see your destination from a unique perspective. Athletes, executives, musicians, government officials, and celebrities may opt for a charter helicopter to travel shorter distances. In a medical emergency, patients may be transported to a medical facility by an air ambulance, medical helicopter, or medical transport plane. Offshore oil workers may take a helicopter ride to a job site. Unfortunately, the passengers in each of these scenarios are at a higher risk of a crash or accident when compared to a flight on a commercial airline. Helicopters are more vulnerable to bad weather, have more moving parts than airplanes, and are more difficult to handle for novice pilots. Slack Davis Sanger has a long history of successfully helping families secure just compensation related to helicopter crashes and accidents.

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International Plane Crashes and Accidents

Growth in low-cost airlines with transatlantic flights and new stripped-down options from traditional airlines has meant that flying internationally is easier — and cheaper — than ever before. When tragedy strikes on an international flight, passengers and their loved ones have a daunting journey ahead of them to seek compensation for catastrophic losses. Although every aviation accident claim is complex, these crashes and incidents require an even deeper knowledge base. Not only will your legal strategy need to take into account global treaties, including the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions, but your legal team will also need to evaluate a broader range of jurisdictions to determine where to try your case. Only a select group of law firms has the experience and knowledge to take on these kinds of cases, and Slack Davis Sanger has established a reputation as one of the best.

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Emotional Distress

Individuals who are involved in a catastrophic plane crash or accident can experience mental suffering related to the traumatic event. Panic, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-directed guilt are some examples of conditions a plane crash victim may experience in the days, weeks, and months following the accident. The legal team at Slack Davis Sanger can work with victims to recover damages in these cases to help individuals and their families adjust in the aftermath of a crash.

Why Slack Davis Sanger?

What We Offer

Decades of Experience

Decades of experience investigating, analyzing, settling, and trying hundreds of air crash cases.

Skilled Lawyers

Skilled lawyers who understand the constellation of state, national, and international laws that govern aviation wrongful death and survivor actions.

Aviation Industry Insights

Aviation industry insights from our pilot-attorneys, including a former aerospace engineer along with fixed-wing plane and helicopter pilots.

Knowledge of Jurisdictions

Knowledge of which jurisdictions will be most advantageous to your case.

24/7 Dedication

24/7 dedication to getting you the compensation you deserve — because nothing is more important.

Reputation & Track Record

A reputation and track record that command respect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any place I can go to find out whether the airline, tour operator or charter operator I am flying with has had any crashes or other problems?

What types of damages can be recovered in an aviation accident?

Who can be held responsible if I lose a loved one in an airplane crash?

What is the statute of limitations for aviation accidents?

What do the statistics tell us about the most dangerous part of a flight?

What are discounted fee arrangements in commercial airline cases?

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  • "I cannot say enough good things about the entire staff at Slack Davis Sanger. We contacted Slack Davis Sanger to pursue a wrongful death case. They fought the greatest fight for my kids. They knew the aviation industry and left no stone unturned. Their courtroom strategy and manners are equaled by no other. Thanks for your compassion and helping us through this time."

    Kathy Hagerman

  • "Our firm has worked with the attorneys and staff at Slack Davis Sanger since the firm was formed in 1993. They have assisted our clients with personal injury matters and have served as our co-counsel in planning for our clients’ personal aircraft ownership and operations issues and needs. Our experience and our clients’ experience with Slack Davis Sanger has been outstanding. We recommend the firm highly and always look forward to working with the lawyers and staff there."

    Stephen Saunders

    Saunders, Norval, Nichols & Atkins, L.L.P.
  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "On behalf of my siblings and I, we thank you and your team for taking on our case following our father’s passing from a tragic vintage plane crash in Arizona. As you know, we were originally working with another firm and just getting started when a family member referred us, insisting you were the best choice for our situation. With one phone consultation, I knew you were the one who would take care of us. During the time of our first call, I found you to be professional, fair, understanding, and, most of all, you confirmed my instincts on how a settlement would be processed given all the family dynamics and other concerns (i.e., multiple states, multiple claimants, etc.). I immediately felt you would have our backs and best represent our family."

    Theresa M.

  • "It is to your credit to have Ladd Sanger on your team. His intelligence, skill, and hard work were invaluable to our case."

    Peter B.

  • "A disaster affecting the lives of many families led to our relationship with the Slack Davis Sanger team. While we never could be compensated fully for our loss, the team at Slack Davis Sanger removed much of the burden associated with dealing with the courts and corporate attorneys, allowing us to devote more of our attention to dealing with the very real burden of personal loss associated with losing loved ones to tragedy. They actively listened to what was important to us and crafted a legal strategy designed to meet our goals."

    Victor McLerran

  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "Slack Davis Sanger represents the ultimate in professionalism combined with a true caring attitude."

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  • "The whole staff at Slack Davis Sanger went above and beyond to make sure that we not only got the best settlement and verdict, but that we were aware, knowledgeable, and comfortable with all that went on before, during, and after the trial. They have the best staff — “the A team” — that anyone could ask for. They all worked hard together and still had compassion for us. They are the team you want in your foxhole."

    Leon Hagerman

  • "Slack Davis Sanger came highly recommended to me by a colleague. From my first meeting with Mike Davis, I knew my sisters and I had made the right choice. Emotionally, dealing with the situation was difficult for us. Slack Davis Sanger managed all of the details and people day-to-day, involving us only when necessary. This law firm delivered — and more."

    Kyle Smith

  • "I would like to thank all of your team, who I felt went above and beyond to take care of us and to be great listeners, even when I’d fall apart on the phone speaking about my father. I would highly recommend you and your firm to anyone in a similar situation, and I would be happy to speak to any prospective clients to provide a verbal reference."

    Theresa M.

  • "All law firms should operate and handle their clients just as you do!"

    Rebecca F.

  • "I know I speak for my whole family in expressing appreciation for the genuine care and support provided by Slack Davis Sanger during the lengthy process of working through our legal system. They provided frequent personal contact, without prompting, and someone was always available to answer any question or just listen to our comments and concerns. I feel that we were always treated with respect — individually and as a family."

    Larry McLerran

  • "It was obvious to me, very early in the process, that my family was in need of an advocate that could match the legal resources of the airline involved. Through the recommendation of a family attorney in Austin, I was most fortunate to contact Mike Slack with Slack Davis Sanger LLP. I had not been on the phone with Mike for more than 10 minutes when I knew that this was the man and legal team that would represent my family."

    Victor McLerran

  • "During the ultimate mediation process, you demonstrated the confidence, expertise and determination to do what was best for all of us while helping to guide our decisions during what was a very emotional time. While our lives will never be the same without our beloved father, we are grateful for a settlement which allows us to do something positive in our lives while honoring his memory."

    Theresa M.

  • "I found the Slack Davis Sanger legal team very professional and competent. The attorneys and staff took the time to make me feel comfortable with all the proceedings. I would highly recommend the Slack Davis Sanger team and would not hesitate to use them again."


  • "Donna Bowen was very kind and supportive, both personally and professionally, throughout my ordeal."

    Elizabeth A.

  • "When we got into this I had no idea what to expect. You have all been honest and supportive through this whole process. This whole time I have felt like someone was on our side. That is not something we get very often. I can only hope that if someday you need something from me...I can deliver like you all have for us. If you ever need a reference, no one could explain it like me. We love the fact that your team is still fighting the good fight. I hope you nail those bastards until they have no choice but to fix the problem and make sure it never happens again."

    Kathleen C.

  • "Caring, sincere, genuine, loyal, dependable, reliable, trustworthy, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, and resourceful. How can I ever thank Mike Slack and his legal assistant enough? They went out of their way — even meeting with us at the hospital or the Ronald McDonald House."

    Carol B.

  • "Thank you for all of your help with this case. This has been a difficult process and I couldn’t have done it without you."

    Charlotte L.

  • "Thank you again for all of your good help. Since losing Nick, the love of my life, it has been an emotional roller coaster, but I am making progress and standing strong as he would want me to do. Aside from all of the other estate things I have had to attend to, through this law case, your efficient and thoughtful communications have been very kind and helpful. You have performed your job perfectly."

    Sandra T.

  • "I first met Mike Slack when I mediated a case involving a plane crash in which Mike represented the plaintiff. I was very impressed with his knowledge, preparation, and approach. More than a year later, I asked Mike to investigate a matter for a family member of mine. He handled the investigation with skill, tenacity, and care. I think Mike is a terrific lawyer."

    Paul Bardacke