General aviation is all non-military aviation operations other than air services for hire (commercial airline operations). General aviation flights range from small private airplanes flown by amateur pilots to professionally flown corporate high-powered jets. In the year 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that 94% of fatal aviation crashes occurred in the general aviation category of flying. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the leading causes for general aviation accidents from 2001 to 2011 were as follows:
1. Loss of Control Inflight
2. Controlled Flight Into Terrain
3. System Component Failure – Powerplant
4. Low Altitude Operations
5. Unknown or Undetermined
7. Fuel Related
8. System Component Failure – Non-Powerplant
9. Midair Collisions
10. Windshear or Thunderstorm
Based upon government compiled statistics, flying in general aviation aircraft is more dangerous than flying as a passenger in commercial aircraft.
Dallas personal injury lawyer David Ragsdale will represent you to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages caused by an aviation accident. After an injury occurs, seek immediate medical treatment. Then, you should seek legal counsel as quickly as possible to protect your legal rights and pursue an injury claim against the party at fault for causing the accident. Contact Dallas personal injury attorney David Ragsdale for a free consultation about your case.