Haberkorn & Associates
Talk to an attorney today
800-799-8410 | 650-268-8378

Turbulence and the chance for catastrophic injuries

California residents are increasingly mobile, both domestically and internationally. More air travel could be a good thing, as long as courts continue to hold aircraft equipment manufacturers responsible for any defects in their products. Specifically, concerns about increasing turbulence could have an effect on the standards to which these aviation companies should hold themselves.

CNBC reports that the long-term forecast for heavy turbulence on flights is less than heartening. However, there is something more exigent in the article than the recent meteorological study which predicts that climate change could drastically increase the incidence of pockets of clear-air turbulence in the next 30 years: these bumpy rides are already accountable for the majority of severe cabin crew injuries and many injuries to passengers.

While turbulence is often unavoidable, especially in situations where it occurs in clear air, it is possible that manufacturers who fail to take the consequences of this common phenomenon into account could be liable for their negligence. FindLaw lists a number of parties that might be responsible for injuries sustained while on an airplane:

  • Repair companies
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Vendors

The FindLaw article mentions that not every injury one sustains on an aircraft would necessarily constitute grounds for a suit against an airline, an aviation design company or any other party. One of the most important issues is determining whether or not the party was negligent in its duties to protect the safety of the injured passenger or passengers. Luckily for passengers who are injured due to the negligence of these powerful international companies, evidence of wrongdoing is sometimes available through officially mandated records. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Get An Absolutely Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Haberkorn & Associates
2055 Woodside Rd., Suite 155
Redwood City, CA 94061

Toll Free: 800-799-8410
Phone: 650-268-8378
Fax: 650-332-1528
Map & Directions

Haberkorn & Associates