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The leading causes of plane crashes: Pilot error and part defects

Plane crashes are often catastrophic. It doesn't matter if they involve a single-engine prop plane or a jumbo jet, passengers and crew members are lucky to survive these types of incidents. If you ever see a plane following an accident, you'll often see a mangled mess. The fact that planes seldom remain intact and its occupants often are seriously injured or die makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the cause of plane crashes.

Are airplane-kit companies liable for crashes?

There are few hobbies available to California residents as rewarding and safe as aviation. The feeling of freedom, the exhilaration of take-off and landing and even the commitment to training and self-improvement attractive. To top it all off, most of the airborne activities available are relatively low in risk, despite what the adrenaline rush would suggest.

How to airlines treat mid-flight medical emergencies?

Like many Californians, you may feel anxious when you fly, knowing that your safety depends on the capability of the pilot and the rest of the flight crew, as well as all the mechanical parts of your plane being in working order. You may already feel as if you lack control in the best of situations. How helpless would you feel if you suffered a medical emergency in the middle of your flight? What does the crew do in situations like these?

Airline safety videos: important or mindless entertainment?

If you took a flight recently, you may have noticed that the pre-flight safety presentation was engaging and maybe even humorous. In fact, numerous viral videos have surfaced showing the flight attendants of certain airlines making pre-flight presentations that can almost double as stand-up comedy. Like other California residents, you may wonder if entertaining safety presentations are necessary or appropriate. After all, they are meant to educate passengers on such vital matters as locating emergency exits and using flotation devices and oxygen masks. Not a laughing matter, you may think.

What is airplane product liability?

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.

Is time a factor in strict liability cases?

When it comes to proving strict liability, time may greatly affect the outcome of your case. If using a product caused you injury not long after you bought it, you may have a stronger claim in a California court than if you experienced injury several months following your purchase. FindLaw explains a few reasons why time may be a factor in strict liability cases.

EPA may have enabled Monsanto product liability

The purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency is to help safeguard public health throughout the United States by regulating and restricting the use of potentially harmful chemicals. However, two recent product liability trials in California have brought forth evidence that raises questions about whether the EPA is performing due diligence when it comes to oversight of pesticides and herbicides. In each of the two trials, a jury found that the chemical company Monsanto, manufacturer of Roundup herbicides, failed to warn consumers that their products could cause cancer, requiring the company to pay large amounts of money in damages to the plaintiffs.

Who is liable when inadequate warnings lead to injuries?

Whether over-the-counter or prescribed medications, cosmetics, household cleaners or other products, you and other consumer expect them to be safe for use when they go to market. However, some products may pose potential dangers, despite having no design flaws or manufacturing defects. Therefore, it may be helpful to understand who is responsible when injuries resulting from the use of a product occur.

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