Statistically, you are much more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident than an aeroplane accident, but if you read the newspapers or watch the bulletins, you will be aware that plane crashes do happen now and again.
What causes aeroplane accidents?
Many of the most common causes of aeroplane accidents are shared with car crashes: driver error, mechanical failure and negligence when it comes to routine maintenance of the vehicle. Aeroplane accidents can also be caused by air traffic control errors, which may result in an aircraft landing at the wrong time or the in the wrong place. More than half of aeroplane accidents are due to pilot errors; the most common types of error are related to the handling of the vehicle and the decision making associated with weather conditions.
As with car crashes, the weather plays a major role in determining the safety of a journey; aircrafts are made from strong stuff, but even they cannot withstand the most severe conditions and this is why flights tend to be delayed, disrupted and cancelled in heavy snow, windy conditions and fog.
How common are aeroplane accidents compared to car accidents?
Aeroplanes are a very safe mode of transport and figures suggest that last year, 2012, was the safest year to fly, with fewer fatal accidents than ever before. Flight advisory service, Ascend, claimed that the number of fatalities fell sharply between 2011 and 2012, with just 15 crashes resulting in fatality last year compared to 25 in 2011. In 2012, 362 died as a result of a crash, compared to 403 in 2011; almost 75 per cent of the fatalities in 2012 occurred during two major incidents.
According to OAG Aviation, the odds of being on board a plane, which crashes resulting in at least one death, are one in 4.7 million.
Last year, 362 people across the world lost their life in a plane crash, while more than 1,750 people died in the UK alone as a result of an accident on the road.
Claiming for a car crash
The statistics confirm that road traffic accidents are much more commonplace than aeroplane accidents. Sometimes there is no way of avoiding a collision, but often, there is an avoidable cause and if you’ve been involved in a car crash, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice about making a car crash claim or uninsured driver claim. Their expert legal team handles hundreds of claims, from work accident compensation and industrial deafness claims to travel accident claims and slip, trip and fall compensation.
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Author: David Brown