200 W. 80th Place, Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Consulta Inicial es Gratis
219-757-0225 800-634-LAWS
Consulta Inicial es Gratis
219-757-0225 800-634-LAWS

Pilot-attorney Fights for Aircraft Accident Victims

A law firm serving injured people throughout Valparaiso, Portage, Hammond, Crown Point, and Lake and Porter counties

An attorney with extensive experience in aviation law can be a great asset when you have been in a plane crash and seek compensation. We have years of experience aviation law, which makes a big difference when serving the needs of our clients throughout northern Indiana and Illinois and on a national basis. Our attorney holds both an airline transport pilot license and an airline mechanic’s license. When you need a dedicated Lake County aircraft accident lawyer, with firsthand knowledge of the mechanics of airlines and aviation, you can count on the law firm of Schlyer & Associates, P.C.

Common types of aviation accidents

Accidents involving aircraft are not nearly as common as motor vehicle accidents, but they often result in serious injury or death. In 2012, 1,471 general aviation accidents occurred in the United States, resulting in 432 fatalities. The most common types of aviation accidents are:

  • Landing accidents: Landing accidents take place during one of the stages of descent. Pilot error usually plays a significant role; however, defective landing gear can also be a factor in a landing accident. In such a case, the person involved in the accident or someone representing the victim has a right to legal recourse.
  • Takeoff accidents: Most takeoff accidents occur when an aircraft is not properly prepared for flight. This can be the cause of faulty equipment, failure to follow proper preflight procedure or a combination of both. Takeoff accidents account for 23 percent of all aviation accidents.
  • Bird strikes: Bird strikes occur when the aircraft is damaged during a collision with one or more birds. The most dangerous scenario is when an aircraft flies head-on into a flock of birds, which can damage propellers, engines, windows or other parts of the plane.
  • Equipment failure: Equipment failure can seriously affect a plane’s ability to take off, land and maneuver properly. Accidents vary in severity depending on the type of equipment that fails.

What are the most common causes of aviation accidents?

Several factors contribute to aviation accidents. These may include pilot error, air traffic control issues, mechanical deficiencies or negligence related to fueling.

Veteran pilot provides exceptional knowledge of aircraft

Our firm represents individuals, pilots and both private and larger, nationally-known airlines and has experience advocating for clients with matters relating to all kinds of airplane-related accidents. With us, you get small-firm attention with an aviation background that is rare, even in larger firms. Attorney Schlyer has a pilot’s license, and vast experience with both private and commercial-sized planes. In addition, he has an airline mechanic’s license, giving him intimate knowledge of how planes work, and what can go wrong.

Our firm is proud to have represented a variety of clients needing aviation-related compensation. We have helped:

  • Injured passengers and family members
  • Airlines
  • Pilots
  • Flight schools
  • Mechanics

If you are seeking a firm that knows the ins and outs of aviation-injury law, few firms in Indiana, Illinois or around the country can provide the insightful counsel you will find with us. We also have onsite medical counsel to guide you through your recovery and help with your claim against an airline or other aviation entity.

Speak with an experienced aircraft accidents lawyer

If you need to take action after an aviation accident, work with Schlyer & Associates, P.C. We serve injured people throughout Indiana and Illinois, and you pay no attorney fees unless you obtain compensation. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST and flexible hours are available by appointment. We also offer free initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at 219-757-0225 or contact us online today.


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