Commercial Aviation Accidents

Commercial Aviation Accident Lawyer in North Carolina

If you or a loved one was severely injured or killed in a commercial plane crash, contact the Winston-Salem law firm of Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P. 

We have extensive experience investigating and presenting of the complex facts necessary to establish liability against the defendants in airline or charter service accidents.

The trial attorneys of Comerford, Chilson, & Moser can represent the victims and surviving families of those killed in aviation accidents anywhere in the country. 

We have successfully represented clients in commercial aircraft disasters involving long-range commercial airliners, smaller charter or local service planes, helicopters, and even the space shuttle Challenger disaster. 

We have also settled claims against the U.S. government under the Federal Tort Claims Act and against foreign state-owned air carriers and manufacturers under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Airlines Have Assertive Attorneys — You Need One In Your Corner

Airlines have been known to strengthen their defense through the work of investigators posing as grief counselors and support group advisers whose function is to help promote early settlements for low amounts on wrongful death claims. 

In commercial aviation accidents, we make a prompt and thorough review of such factors bearing on liability as the following:

  • FAA regulations and NTSB investigation protocols
  • Safety checklists and failsafe sequences
  • Pilot training logs, flying logs, and employment history
  • Pilot error or negligence
  • Aircraft inspection and maintenance logs
  • Manufacturer’s safety records
  • Surface bulletins concerning weather
  • Air traffic control performance
  • Executive decisions at financially troubled airlines that might have overextended flight personnel or compromised safety

Act Promptly Following An Airplane Accident

At Comerford, Chilson, & Moser, we accept all aviation accident cases on a contingent fee basis, and we also advance the often considerable expenses involved in making sure that your claims are properly investigated and presented. 

We only collect attorneys’ fees and recover our expenses when we have achieved a favorable settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.

For a free consultation about your legal rights in the aftermath of a commercial aviation accident, call Comerford, Chilson, & Moser at (336) 568-8779 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We represent residents throughout North Carolina from our office in Winston-Salem.

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Aviation Accidents Often Result from Defective Products

Unless they are caused by human error, aviation accidents often can be traced to manufacturing or design defects, including those involving:

  • Hydraulic systems
  • Navigational equipment
  • Wing design
  • Air frames
  • Helicopter rotors
  • Propellers
  • Oil lines 
  • Engines

In addition to demonstrating that defective equipment caused the accident, it is necessary to counter claims that there may have been a breach of warranty on the part of the aircraft owner, operator, or maintenance provider.

You may be interested in summaries of representative cases our firm has tried, including:

  • The firm won a judgment against Cessna Aircraft Company, affirmed on appeal, for the family of the pilot who died after the in-flight break-up of a Cessna 210.
  • In an international case involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), the governments of France and Italy and American Eagle Airline were among those found responsible for a crash near Roselawn, Indiana that was caused by de-icing problems and alleged design defects in the ATR-72 turboprop.
  • Robinson Helicopter Company was found responsible for a crash near Raleigh that was caused by an alleged design defect in a two-bladed helicopter.
  • One of our lawyers represented the family of the pilot of the space shuttle Challenger in the case against the manufacturer Morton Thiokol.

If you feel your serious injuries or the death of a loved one may have been caused by defective or inherently dangerous equipment, contact our office for a case evaluation.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can Comerford Chilson & Moser Represent Aviation Accident Victims Outside of North Carolina?

Yes, our attorneys at Comerford Chilson & Moser can represent aviation accident victims and their families across the United States. With a track record of successful representation in various aviation disasters, including the space shuttle Challenger disaster, we equipped to handle complex cases involving commercial airliners, charter planes, helicopters, and more.

Why Should I Choose Comerford Chilson & Moser for My Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following an Aviation Accident?

Choosing Comerford Chilson & Moser for a wrongful death lawsuit following an aviation accident means you'll have a dedicated team that understands the complexities of aviation law. We are well-versed in countering the tactics used by airlines to settle claims for low amounts and are committed to providing families with the tailored legal services they deserve. Our contingent fee basis demonstrates our commitment to our clients' success.

& Settlements

Our Team Approach Adds Value
  • Confidential Settlement

    Wrongful Death

  • $4.5 Million

    In-Flight Breakup

  • $7 million

    Planes Collide

Our Reputation Speaks For Itself

"During our first meeting, he assured me that he would take this anxiety and responsibility from me. Emotionally, I felt a deep sense of relief that stayed with me during the months he was working for me."

- Roberta T.

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