The commercial airline industry and their airplanes are governed by the regulations, rules and laws written for common carriers. These are different from the laws and protocols set for private airplanes and private vehicles. The term common carrier refers to a business that transports persons and cargo for compensation. Both Federal and State regulations govern the activities of all common carriers including buses, trains, helicopters and airplanes. As a general rule, a common carrier is held to a higher standard of care than a private party. They must have the skill and the training to transport passengers and cargo safety and more than mere reasonable care must be exercised. When an airplane crashes, the first area of information that must be uncovered is what caused the crash. This can be difficult in some cases, since much evidence can be destroyed or in water. Making it more difficult to determine or discover signs of mechanical failure or pilot error. Some of the causes of crashes include pilot error, which is the most frequent cause other common causes include design flaws; mechanical failure; and extreme weather. It is vital that whatever evidence is available be collected and studied so that the cause of the crash can be determined. If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call us at 1.800.862.1260. The initial consultation with our Law Firm is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive a right. Call us day or night at 1.800.862.1260.