Los Angeles Hot Air Balloon Accident Lawyers
With gorgeous weather year-round and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, Los Angeles is a popular spot for hot air balloons. Seeing some of Los Angeles’s best sights from a hot air balloon is an exhilarating experience, but it can quickly turn risky. Hot air balloon accidents are usually caused by the negligence of the operator or of the companies that provide tours. Our Los Angeles hot air balloon accident lawyers understand how these accidents occur and will fight for the justice you and your family deserve.
It is important to determine the cause of a hot air balloon accident, as that will also help you understand which party to hold liable. Some of the most common causes of hot air balloon accidents are as follows:
- Operator negligence
- Improper lookout
- Poor weather conditions and a failure to take them into consideration
- Poor communication with the ground crew
- Operator impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Improper restraint systems
- Defective equipment
- Propane tank explosion or
- Other failures
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates and oversees the hot air balloon industry, as well as other types of aircraft. While the FAA has imposed many regulations on hot air balloons and those who operate them, these standards are not as high as they are with other types of aircraft.
For example, while plane pilots must submit a medical certificate, operators of hot air balloons do not. However, the FAA has proposed a rule that would require hot air balloon operators to submit these certificates. Currently, pilots can operate a hot air balloon with a mental or physical condition that prevents them from flying safely.
Common Injuries in Hot Air Balloon Accidents
The injuries that result from hot air balloon accidents in Los Angeles are usually catastrophic. Dragging, tipping, passenger ejections, fixed-object collisions, hard landings, and collisions with power lines are some of the most common types of hot air balloon accidents. Any of these can result in some of the most severe injuries. The most common of these are as follows:
- Burns, particularly when the fuel tank explodes
- Respiratory illnesses and injuries from smoke inhalation
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Permanent disability
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
The above injuries are not only very painful and prevent people from doing the things they once enjoyed, but they are also very costly to treat. A Los Angeles hot air balloon accident lawyer can help you recover compensation to offset the financial burden of your injuries and to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.
Our Hot Air Balloon Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Demand Justice for Your Family
No one expects to become hurt while in a hot air balloon. If you have been injured, or have lost someone you love, our Los Angeles hot air balloon lawyer can help you seek the justice you deserve. At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our experienced attorneys know how to determine liability after an accident so you can claim the maximum damages you deserve. Call us today at 213-985-1120 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about your legal options.
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