Millions of people fly on airplanes everyday for leisure and business. The chances of being involved in an aviation accident are slim. In fact, only about 1 in 5 million airplanes crash. Unfortunately, however, when an airplane accident does occur, it is usually fatal. Although you may not have any other option for long distance travel, you do have certain legal rights if you are injured or have lost a loved one in an aviation accident.
This article discusses the rights of passengers injured in international airline accidents.
The Legal Rights of International Aviation Accident Victims
The Montreal Convention is an international air carrier treaty adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization to govern international flights. If it is determined that an airline is at fault for an accident, the Montreal Convention stipulates that the carrier is liable for up to 113,100 special “drawing rights” per passenger. This value is established by the International Monetary Fund and change on a regular basis. For now, the value equals to approximately $170,000 per passenger in the U.S.
Although various limitations have been imposed under international laws and treaties on what victims can recover from airlines for accidents, there is no limitation on the recovery unless the airline can prove that it took all necessary precautions to avoid the accident.
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If you or a loved was involved in an airplane accident and suffered serious injuries, you may have the right to file suit against the liable party. Our experienced airplane accident attorneys in New York can protect your legal rights and get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
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