Temecula Hot Air Balloon Accidents Lawyers
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to take in the beauty of Southern California is a ride in a hot air balloon, and statistics indicate that this form of transportation is also among the safest. On average, there are just 15 incidents related to hot air balloon travel every year, leading to a single fatality and less than a dozen injuries to victims. However, the data is no consolation if you were affected by a crash.
When negligence is behind such an incident, it is critical to get help from a Temecula hot air balloon accident attorney right away. The physical, financial, and emotional losses can be devastating, but you do have remedies under California law. Our team at El Dabe Ritter Law Firm will assist you in pursuing those responsible for causing a horrific accident, so you can feel confident your case is in good hands. Please contact our firm to set up a no-cost case evaluation with an experienced lawyer today, and check out some basics about your rights.
Causes and Risk Factors in Hot Air Balloon Accidents
They may not occur as frequently as car collisions, but there are numerous special circumstances that make travel by air balloon risky. When the operator and tour company manage these risks appropriately, there is no threat to passengers. However, carelessness is usually the reason hot air balloon accidents happen. Examples include:
- Failing to properly maintain the basket, all fittings, ties, and ropes;
- Taking the hot air balloon out in storms, high winds, fog, or other foul weather conditions;
- Failure to check the weather forecast for developing conditions;
- Neglecting to properly train the pilot for balloon maneuverability;
- Not having a backup pilot; and
- Failing to install security measures to prevent passengers from falling overboard.
Overview of Balloon Crash Liability
Though carelessness may be the cause, the term for liability in a balloon accident claim is negligence. To recover compensation, you must have evidence showing how the operator and/or tour company breached the duty to exercise reasonable care. Initially, you will be filing a claim with an insurance company, since these businesses carry policies to cover the losses of victims. The process may seem as simple as filling out some forms and submitting evidence of negligence like the examples mentioned above, but there are challenges in dealing with insurers. You may need to sue in court if the insurer refuses to pay.
Our Temecula hot air balloon accident attorneys at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers are prepared to take on the insurer, but we will file a lawsuit as necessary to get compensation for:
- Your medical costs;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and
- Many other losses.
Consult with a Temecula Hot Air Balloon Accident Lawyer About Your Options
If you were hurt or lost a loved one due to negligence by a tour operator, please contact El Dabe Ritter Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. You can speak to a hot air balloon accident attorney by calling 213-985-1120 or visiting our website.
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So glad I went with Eldabe Ritter for my accident case. They kept constant communication with me, always answered my questions, and were very professional. In the end I got a great settlement. I didn't have health insurance so thankfully all my medical bills were paid. Everything was taken care of! Being in an accident can be very difficult to go through, but they definitely made the process a lot smoother! I'm referring all my friend and family here. Thank you guys!
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