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Who is liable in a plane crash?

Planes are one of the safest forms of travel, but even so, planes do crash or have accidents. If you are involved in a plane crash, do you know who is responsible for any losses or injuries you sustain? Most people are not sure what to do after a crash or who to contact about getting restitution, so you are not alone if you do not know.

As with any liability case, you will want to figure out who is liable for the plane crashing. According to USA Today, you will always find some liability for any plane crash or accident lies with the airline company. Even if it was a bad part or something outside of the company's control, the airline still ultimately is liable to its passengers.

However, because a plane is made up of many different parts manufactured by a range of different companies, the airline may not be solely liable. After a crash, there will be an inspection and investigation of the wreckage to determine exactly what happened. With advances in technology, this can usually be easily narrowed down. If a part did fail, then the manufacturer of that part will also be liable for your injuries or other damages.

The burden is put on the airline in the event of an accident. It is responsible for proving it was not liable. If it cannot provide such proof, you have every right to take the airline to court and hold it liable for your damages. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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