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Steps To Take And Information To Be Aware Of When In An Aviation Accident

Transportation experts around the world regard airline travel as one of the safest modes of transportation. Accidents happen, and aviation accidents over the years have created massive media attention and generated anxiety and uneasiness about airplanes, helicopters and air travel. Aviation is subject to strict federal regulations on maintaining an aircraft, operating aviation equipment and operating flights. If standards and regulations are not met, the pilots, aircraft owners, operators, airlines, mechanics and manufacturers may be liable for your injuries or loved one’s tragic death. However, there are steps to take if there is ever an aviation accident.

Step 1:Stop And Asses All Injuries

Most of the time, people are disoriented and in shock over what happened after an accident. However, it is essential to stop and note what hurts, especially if it’s your head, neck or back. If any of these areas are in pain, staying still and waiting for help to arrive is essential. Ignoring injuries can worsen, so it’s important to remain vigilant.

If you’re unhurt, looking around and seeing where you have landed is crucial. Check on the passengers and see where everyone is located and how they are doing. However, it’s essential to check for damages before moving. Ensure no one is consistently bleeding and  those in shock get hydrated.

Step 2: Call 911

If you have a device on you, make sure to call the local authorities and inform them of what happened and how to find you. Give them descriptions of your area and details about the passengers and their injuries, so law enforcement can come prepared. Unfortunately, assessing property injuries and damage during an accident’s chaos can be difficult. That’s why it’s essential to contact the police, no matter how small the accident or injuries seem. Take time to see if any damages occurred and gather as much information as possible.

Step 3: Get Medical Attention

Individuals could be in shock, and their adrenaline could be masking the pain of their injuries, but injuries can worsen over time since injuries commonly sustained in car accidents, like a concussion or back or neck injury, often don’t have any immediate symptoms.

When ambulances and medical professionals come, it is best to know the location and injuries of all passengers in case they cannot speak for themselves at the moment. It is also essential to try and remember as much as possible about the crash so that medical professionals can distinguish between critical patients and those with only minor injuries.

Besides putting your physical health at risk, waiting to report injuries could make it difficult to prove a personal injury claim. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to prove your injuries from the crash. If, for some reason, you can’t see a doctor immediately, take photos of any visible damage.

Step 4: Take Photos

Once the accident scene is cleared, any evidence you see at the site will be gone. Use your device to take as many pictures as possible to help others visualize the accident scene. Take photos of the location, the scene and other details surrounding the crash. Images accurately show elements like placement, weather conditions, debris and vehicle damage. These photos will also help when you file your insurance claim and lawsuit.

Step 5: Contact Your Insurance Provider

Your insurance provider will need to know the details of your accident as quickly as possible. Additionally, your local independent insurance agent can advise you about the next steps you need to take. Failure to immediately notify your insurance company can result in difficulty filing a claim. Therefore, a statement that describes your accident and injuries should be sufficient information for your insurance agent.

Step 6: Contact Us At Castel & Hall, LLP.

We at Castel & Hall, LLP., can help with personal injury costs. For example, adequate medical care can be expensive and time-consuming after a crash, and a severe impact can even lead to injuries requiring physical therapy. By coming to us, we can help you receive compensation for your damages, whether it be physical or psychological. We can also help with the payment for your damaged vehicle, which some insurance won’t cover.

No matter how you were involved, it is never too soon to speak with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies take advantage of trusting people who do not have attorneys. Just having an attorney will notify the insurance company that you mean business and are serious about being fairly compensated. In addition, if the insurance company denies your aviation accident claim, your aviation accident attorney can appeal it and fight for a positive resolution.

Helicopter accidents are also prominent in Boston. Just above skyscrapers, the low altitudes of Boston’s airspace are crowded with helicopters, including news helicopters, air ambulances, police helicopters and charter helicopters like Copter making runs between the airport and downtown, and sightseeing tourist helicopters offering aerial views of the city.