Airline accidents in small and large commercial craft alike have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. While it may be a natural impulse to blame the more obvious parties, such as pilots, there is another category of liability that could play a part in your personal injury claim in the California courts.
Since airplanes are complex products made out of parts from various manufacturers, there are a number of parties that could be responsible for damages in a product liability claim. Everything from the seat you sit on to the engine that propels the plane is a separate product.
As mentioned on FindLaw, product liability is a complex issue. The manufacturer of a part could be responsible for a defect that causes an injury to you or to someone you love. However, there are certain conditions your claim would have to meet for it to have the highest chance of success.
It sounds complex, and it would probably be nearly impossible for you to prove who is responsible for you for your loved ones' injuries if you did not have the support of federal crash investigators. These professionals travel to crash sites and compile detailed reports with the intent of determining which parts of an aircraft, if any, contributed to the incident.
Seeking compensation for these injuries may be a complex process, as it would probably involve engineering details and government reports. That is in addition to the challenges of working within specific legal contexts. Every case is different, so please do not view this as legal advice. It is only meant as background.