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What Law Governs Airplane Or Helicopter Crashes?


A: Aviation law is different from other forms of personal injury law, because most injury law is based on state law. If the airplane crash was a domestic accident, then the rules that apply are the legal negligence standards of ordinary and reasonable care. In aviation law, federal entities (the FAA and the NTSB) have regulations in place that may preempt state laws.

Other regulations can influence aviation law as well. If the case is international, then the Montreal Convention may control the litigation. Your attorney needs to understand these issues instead of learning the complexity that exists in aviation accident cases while dealing with your case.

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