Aviation Accidents

Aviation Accidents2017-12-13T08:43:30-06:00

In most cases, an aviation accident is a catastrophic and life-altering event for all of those involved. In the aftermath of a major helicopter or plane accident, many victims find themselves in need of trustworthy legal representation and assistance in investigating the accident. At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, we have considerable experience in aviation accident cases. Our two instrument-rated pilot attorneys, Bill Whitehurst, and Tom Harkness have tried cases from Los Angeles to Atlanta involving aviation accidents occurring as far away as Borneo, Indonesia. If you or anyone in your family has been involved in an aviation accident, our attorneys can help.

Our team has represented the families of astronauts, businesspeople, military personnel, oil field workers, pilots, and airline passengers. We have access to some of the most respected aeronautics specialists in the country, and the input of these expert witnesses enables us to construct sound cases on behalf of our clients. The aviation accident attorneys at our firm can analyze the root causes of an accident, which can range from pilot error to airplane and engine design, and determine who is responsible for any personal injury or wrongful death that has occurred.

Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

In one of our firm’s most notable aviation accident cases, our attorneys determined that a manufacturing defect in part of the propeller mechanism was responsible for the failure of an Embraer 120 turboprop aircraft, which resulted in the death of all passengers on board. A defective product like that is only one of the many factors that can lead to an aviation accident, which is why the attorneys at our firm examine each case for instances of:

  • Pilot negligence or error
  • Violations of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
  • Flaws in design or construction
  • Negligent maintenance by FBO’s (Fixed Base Operators)
  • General negligence by federal air traffic controllers
Contact Our Aviation Accident Attorneys

If your family is in need of representation after a serious aviation accident, our attorneys can help. Contact our Austin law office to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys for an evaluation of your case.

Case Results

You can look at our national reach page to see our success in states across the United States. You can also see our full results on our case results page. Here are some of the cases that we have won on behalf of clients:


Confidential Settlement Georgia When an Embraer 120 turboprop aircraft crashed in Georgia, all of those on board lost their lives, including a NASA astronaut whose family retained our firm. After extensive investigation in federal court in multi-district litigation, we found that the cause of the crash was a manufacturing defect


Confidential Settlement The firm represented families from Jakarta, Indonesia, Borneo, Hong Kong, and Pecos, Texas after their husbands and fathers were killed in a Bell 212 helicopter crash on the way to an ARCO rig off of Tarakan, Indonesia. In separate confidential settlement agreements, five families residing 12,000 miles apart

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