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hot air balloonIn Florida, many people go on hot air balloon rides each year. Some are celebrating a birthday or a wedding, while others just want to enjoy a picturesque view. If you or someone you know has been injured in a hot air balloon accident, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a Miami injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can apply the law aggressively to your case to help you seek the compensation you deserve.

While hot air balloon rides are relatively safe, the sad reality is that devastating accidents do happen. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recorded that 775 hot air balloon accidents took place between 1964 and 2014. Of those accidents, approximately 70 involved fatalities, and 16  deaths occurred between the years of 2002 and 2012.

Just as with airplane and helicopter pilots, the Federal Aviation Administration licenses hot air balloon pilots. These pilots are subject to strict federal aviation rules and regulations intended to promote the safe operation of hot air balloons.

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plane1Every day, a number of people across each state and even the United States use airplanes to travel. In most cases, passengers depart and arrive safely. However, when an airplane does crash, it can cause catastrophic injuries to the passengers, and in some cases death. Aviation, aircraft, and airplane accident cases are extremely complex, and they require a thorough understanding of state and federal aviation law. These laws typically exist to regulate safety standards and operating procedures for aircrafts. The scope of aviation law is broad and covers personal injuries that take place on board an aircraft, including slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, and more.

A common carrier is one that represents to the public that its principal business is to transport individuals or cargo from one place to another for monetary compensation. Airlines, commercial buses, ferries, and trains are considered common carriers. In the context of aviation, airline operators owe a high duty of care to passengers on board. A high duty of care simply refers to the fact that airlines have a legal obligation to be vigilant about the safety of passengers.

There are a number of reasons that airplane crashes can happen, including a failure to abide by safety standards, a failure to maintain the aircraft, any dangerous conditions inside the aircraft, a failure to check the weather conditions, overloading an airplane, negligent actions by the pilot, and more. Due to the potential for accidents, airlines carry insurance to cover passengers in case of an accident. Continue reading →