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Aviation and Railroad Disasters

Florida Aviation Lawyers Can Represent You

While aviation accidents are relatively rare, when they do occur, the results can be tragic.

Recent statistics indicate that these accidents have declined slightly, thanks in part to efforts by regulators and industry groups.

  • The Aviation Safety Network reports that, in 2014, there were 21 fatal commercial airliner accidents worldwide, in which 990 people were killed – a record low.
  • S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statistics indicate a decline in fatal accidents for small planes in 2015. Fatal accidents were down 5% from 2014, and total fatalities dropped about 12%.
  • According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which represents the industry, 2016 will be a year of major changes in how pilots and planes are certified. Among anticipated safety improvements are installation of enhanced safety systems on private planes and emphasis on both practical and theoretical skills for new pilots.

Television viewers may be mesmerized by footage of aviation disasters, but their concern fades as the media moves on to other stories. For victims and their families, fatalities and serious injuries caused by aviation accidents have a devastating effect forever.

At the Florida personal injury law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, our attorneys are experienced in litigating aviation cases, some are pilots themselves and we are committed to helping victims of aviation disasters. We understand that losing a loved one unexpectedly in an aviation accident feels unbearable, and our personal injury trial lawyers will treat you with compassion and sensitivity.

Florida Injury Attorneys with a Passion for Justice

We have helped bring justice to families and survivors in cases that involve commercial airliners, small planes, seaplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. While we cannot bring your loved one back, we fight aggressively to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. We have the experience and resources to take on formidable adversaries and complex cases. Because we are passionate about justice, if necessary we are not afraid to take your case to trial against well-funded corporations and their powerful attorneys.

Aviation accidents involve a complex intersection of personal injury laws, so you will want to be represented by a Florida aviation lawyer who has successfully represented other victims of aviation accidents. Our aviation attorneys have considerable knowledge of flight control practices, procedures, and protocols, and some of our attorneys are licensed pilots.

Our Florida Accident Legal Team and You

If you or a family member is involved in an aviation accident, we will put together the legal team you need to pursue the justice you deserve. Each team is tailored to each client’s case and the unique issues involved. Your team likely will include attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and a variety of aviation industry experts.

But the most important member of this team is you, and we listen carefully to you before we plan our approach to your case. With meticulous attention to detail, we will investigate every likely cause of the accident and determine who is at fault. Then, whether your aviation accident was related to pilot error, defective design, inadequate maintenance or negligence, we will develop a legal strategy and fight for your right to recovery.

Speak with a Florida Aviation Attorney Today

If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed or injured in an aviation accident, please contact a personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney today for a free, confidential consultation. We are ready to help you hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligence. So please complete our Contact Form or call us now at 1-800-780-8607.

Your Florida Railroad Disasters Law Firm

Railroad companies have an obligation to keep passengers and the public safe from harm. When they fulfill their responsib

ilities, railroad accidents are rare. When they breach their duty to keep people safe, however, the consequences can be dire.

In the last few years, because of the economic downturn, corporate budgets were slashed and many railroad companies searched for ways to improve their bottom line. Unfortunately, when this happens, safety can suffer. Because of downsizing, employees may be spread too thin, and company cutbacks on safety measures put passengers at risk of serious injury or death.

Railroad accidents have been on the decline in the United States since 1972, when the number of collisions between trains and motor vehicles had surged to about 12,000 annually.

  • By 2015, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), train/motor car crashes had decreased by 81%, to less than 2,500.
  • In Florida last year, there were a total of 89 railroad accidents, causing 19 fatalities and 22 injuries.

Despite this decline, when a railroad disaster does happen, a large number of passengers can be killed or injured.  If you or a family member is one of them, you will need an experienced Florida railroad disaster law firm to gather the evidence, cut through the red tape, and help you seek recovery for your losses.

Railroad Disaster Attorneys with Experience You Need

In their more than 40 years of practice, the railroad disaster attorneys at Searcy Denney have experience pursuing justice in catastrophic railroad accidents. In one case involving a husband and father killed in a railroad accident, our legal team proved that the railroad company blatantly disregarded passenger safety. With the help of our Florida personal injury law firm, the man’s widow sued the railroad company and was awarded $56 million in damages for her and her children’s loss. She received Florida’s largest ever punitive damage award for a case involving a single death.

Because each case is unique, our personal injury lawyers give each client their undivided attention. We understand that time is of the essence, and we will begin immediately to investigate the cause of your railroad accident.  We know that while financial compensation cannot undo the damage caused by a railroad disaster, it can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. So, once we have prepared your case, if it is not resolved through settlement, we do not hesitate to take it to trial and serve as your voice in the courtroom.

Railroad Disaster Lawyers Available for Free Consultation

If you or a family member should be involved in a railroad accident, our personal injury lawyers stand ready to discuss your potential claim. Please complete our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-780-8607 for a free, confidential consultation.

What Our Clients Have To Say

" Nick DeBellis obtained the maximum recovery of full insurance limits in the case we worked on. He is a true professional and recommend him to anyone in South Florida. "