Despite several high-profile airline crashes, 2016 was one of the safest years in the history of commercial air travel.
The international aviation research company reports seven fatal accidents led to 271 deaths last year, which translates to 1 in 5 million flights.
The company fittingly inspected all causes, including mechanical failure, design failure, human error, faulty maintenance and what it calls "unlawful interference." While injuries also decreased in 2016 – falling to 64 – they also remain a real concern for travelers.
The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez know from experience, people who heed 10 safety precautions are less likely to incur a personal injury. These safety rules should be followed not only when an aircraft is in the air but also when it is landing, taxiing to a gate or even sitting on the runway awaiting takeoff.
Play it safe when you fly, the most skilled Las Vegas personal injury lawyers say
- Take nonstop flights when you can. Most airplane accidents occur when a plane is taking off, climbing or landing, so you can turn the odds strongly in your favor by reducing the number of flights you take.
- Fly on larger aircraft, or those that seat at least 30 people. This is not to say flying on a private plane is unsafe. But statistics historically show there is a better chance of survival on larger planes.
- Don't bring hazardous materials on-board. Every airline posts a list of "banned materials." In today's fraught travel climate, it pays to know what they are.
- Keep the overhead storage bin free of heavy items. You'll appreciate this tip if the plane you're flying in hits turbulence and the contents of the bin tumble out. Follow a reasonable rule of thumb: if you must hoist an item with effort, you should check it instead.
- Pay attention to pre-flight instructions and read the safety guide. If you're a frequent flier, it's easy to get complacent. But aircrafts differ, as do their safety procedures and safety exits.
- Listen – and follow – instructions from the flight crew. They really are there to protect you, so it's wise to cede them authority over your choices and movement around an aircraft.
- Keep your seat belt buckled while you are seated – always. If you're traveling with a child who weighs less than 40 pounds, make sure that are secured in a child safety seat.
- Let flight attendants pour hot drinks and serve hot food. We've all heard about cases in which people sue an airline – and other businesses – because they've suffered unintentional burns. Remember, attendants are trained to anticipate turbulence and passenger disruptions and know how to navigate tight quarters.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol. The high altitude of an airplane virtually ensures alcohol will affect you with greater force than if you were sitting in a restaurant at ground level. Being clear-headed also will help you respond with greater speed and proficiency in a crisis.
Contact GGRM, the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers
Remain calm and follow the instructions from the flight crew if you find yourself involved in an emergency situation. In the very unlikely event you incur an injury aboard an aircraft, let the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez show you the way to a successful conclusion. Contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation today.