Austin Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Less Than a Mile From Round Rock
On July 1, David Bonorden died in a plane crash near Round Rock. He was the only person aboard the twin-engine Cessna 320. Bonorden owned the plane.
Reports state that witnesses claim the plane had issues, but officials are not commenting on what witnesses may have seen. The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.
Bonorden was the leader of the Highland Lakes Squadron, which helps maintain World War II-era planes. He was in the process of preparing to send one of the squadron’s planes to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
According to the former leader of the squadron, Bonorden had a great deal of experience as a pilot. In 2019, he became a pilot for a commuter airline company.
Bonorden took over as leader of the squadron after the crash of the Bluebonnet Belle in 2018. He was on the plane when it crashed and burned after takeoff at the Burnet Municipal Airport, but Bonorden was not seriously injured in that crash.
Those who knew Bonorden spoke of his dedication and love of World War II-era planes and flying planes.
Answering Questions After an Aviation Accident
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates aviation accidents in the United States. However, family members may have trouble getting answers to questions. They may need to retain an experienced aviation attorney to get answers to questions such as:
- Why did the airplane accident happen?
- Who is responsible for the cause of the crash?
- How do I file an aviation accident claim?
- What are my legal rights after an aviation accident?
- Can I sue the airplane owner, operator, or a pilot for my injuries and damages?
- How long do I have to file a claim for an aviation accident?
- Can my family recover compensation for the death of a family member in an aviation accident?
An attorney who handles aviation accidents can answer these questions and more. Lawyers conduct independent investigations and have access to experts and resources to find out why the plane accident occurred and who is responsible for the cause of the crash or injury.
Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
Aviation accidents include accidents involving commercial airlines, private planes, helicopters, and hot air balloons. Most air travel is safe. However, an accident can occur at any time.
Common causes of aviation accidents include:
- Human and pilot error
- Equipment malfunction
- Poor weather conditions
- Errors by ground crews
- Improper inspections and maintenance
- Defective planes and parts
- Runway obstructions
- Passenger negligence
Determining the cause of the aviation accident is crucial. There could be more than one party responsible for the cause of the crash. However, unless you can identify the cause of the crash and the parties responsible for the crash, you cannot recover damages for your injuries and damages.
What are the Common Injuries Sustained in Aviation Accidents?
Aviation accidents are not limited to crashes. In-flight accidents and conditions can cause injuries, such as excess turbulence, falls, items falling, malfunctioning restrooms or other equipment, and rough landings. The injuries caused by aviation accidents vary.
Some examples of injuries that might be sustained in an aviation accident include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Immediate medical treatment can be difficult for accidents that occur in-flight. If you are injured on an airplane, seek medical treatment as soon as possible when you land. For serious injuries, request medical aid at the airport.
What Damages are Available for an Aviation Accident Claim?
The compensation for damages after an aviation accident depends on the facts in the case. Damages vary depending on the type of injury and the type of aviation accident.
Compensation for aviation accidents covers a wide variety of damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Personal and in-home care
- Loss of wages and benefits
- Decreases in future earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Loss of quality of life
- Compensation for wrongful death claims
Before you file an aviation accident claim, you may want to speak with an attorney. The insurance company for the aircraft owner or the airline owner may try to settle your claim. Once you settle your claim for an aviation accident, you cannot pursue additional compensation.
Therefore, you need to know that the settlement offered is fair and just. Talking to a lawyer before agreeing to a settlement figure is the best way to know for sure that you are receiving the money you deserve after being injured in an aviation accident.