Weather-Related Aviation Accidents
Flying into or out of Des Moines, a traveler stands a very real chance of encountering the most intense weather conditions that are likely to ever affect an aircraft. During the summer months, intense thunderstorms and limited visibility are looming possibilities. In the winter, severe cold can present ice and snow hazards. Commercial airlines cannot be permitted an excuse for negligent or reckless operating decisions that defy weather conditions and result in passenger injuries or deaths.
If you have been involved in an aviation accident, either in the air or on the ground, then you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the airline responsible for your physical, mental and financial injuries. Weather-related aviation accidents should be almost entirely preventable given the capacities of modern forecasting and communications technologies. Contact the Des Moines aviation accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your case.
Examples of Dangerous Weather Conditions
Obviously, there is some degree of art in determining if weather conditions constitute a clear and present danger to the safety of those on board or in the path of an aircraft. But those are precisely the kind of judgment calls that a commercial airline’s employees, air traffic control personnel and other similarly trained and experienced professionals should be able to make. Some flights are invariably going to face rain and wind, but the preference should always be given to the safest conditions, where possible. Some examples of dangerous weather conditions that should cause a flight or landing to be delayed or canceled include:
- Reported tornado activity in the vicinity
- Excessive winds
- Abundant lightning strikes
- Dense fog
- Extreme cold (can cause ice formation on aircraft or runway)
The Des Moines commercial airliner accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you obtain the financial compensation that you are due for injuries sustained in a plane crash that could reasonably have been predicted under the observed weather conditions. Contact us at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.