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Serious Injuries from Airplane Accidents

When people in Clark County leave their homes, they try to take precautions against being injured. They look both ways before crossing the street and stay within crosswalks in order to avoid being hit by a motor vehicle. When they get behind the wheel themselves, they obey the rules of the road and drive cautiously and attentively.

But there’s one possibility they probably don’t plan for: being struck by an aircraft. Yes, you heard right – getting hit by a plane.

Before you dismiss this idea as ridiculous, you should know that a private plane crashed into a south valley neighborhood in Las Vegas on Labor Day morning. Miraculously, no one on the ground was injured – even though three of the plane’s occupants were hurt and another was killed.

Though the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the exact cause of the airplane crash, authorities report that the Piper Lance PA-32RT-300 took off from Henderson Airport shortly after 8am but failed to gain altitude. The aircraft lost power and crashed about three miles from the airport. Metro Police Lieutenant Joe Ojeda said that the plane was apparently trying to land on a residential street.

Certainly, the chances of a resident, pedestrian, or motorist being struck by a crashing aircraft are very slim. But what would have happened had there been cars driving on the roadway where this Piper crashed – or worse, if children had been playing in the neighborhood street?

If a plane were to injure or kill someone on the ground, you should know that it would be vital to retain the services of a wrongful death lawyer. That’s because you would need someone to monitor the NTSB’s investigation of the crash to help determine who was at fault. Then you could file a lawsuit to seek the compensation you deserve.

It probably won’t happen to you – but you should know how to deal with it if it does.