3 Common Myths People Believe about Surviving Airplane Crashes

August 22, 2013

Although rare compared to other types of motor vehicle accidents, airplane accidents are often much more destructive and have a higher injury and death rate because of how violent these accidents can be. If you have lost a loved one because of an airplane accident and believe a negligent party was responsible, you need to take legal action to fight for the compensation your family deserves.

Aviation Crash Myths

There are many different misconceptions about air travel and airplane crashes that are widely believed across the country. Three of the most common myths—and the truth behind them—are as follows:

Myth # 1: Flying is Not Getting Safer

This is not true. Airline travel has become increasingly safe over the years. In fact, there is a fatal accident only every 1.4 billion miles flown. However, when crashes occur, the consequences can be deadly.

Myth #2: Your Safety Depends on Your Seat

This one isn’t a complete myth, it is partially true and partially false. People who sit in the rear of the plane are 40% more likely to survive. The problem is that many plane crashes kill everyone on board, regardless of seat location. In addition, no two crashes are the same. In some cases the front might be safer, in others the back or the middle.

Myth #3: Airplane Crashes Typically Occur at the Midpoint of the Flight

Actually, the riskiest portion of the flight is during take-off and the descent. This is where the plane is under the most pressure, and almost three-fourths of all accidents happen during these moments.

Contact Us

If someone in your family has lost his or her life due to an aviation accident, it is important to fight back against the negligent party at fault in order to discourage this carelessness in the future. To discuss your rights to financial compensation in your case, contact a Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., today at 610-667-7511.


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