A recent Florida aviation accident has claimed the lives of an entire family. The Bramlage family were vacationing together from Kansas and flying a small single-engine plane at the time of accident. The tragedy has brought an outpouring of support from communities in both Kansas and Florida, where the Bramlage family were well respected and liked.
The crash has also opened discussions about aviation accidents and other accidents that can affect families. Some child safety experts have stated their opinions that families need to have plans in place. For example, if both parents are killed in a Miami car accident, there should be a plan in place to keep the children safe. This plan should extend beyond financial considerations such as life insurance – it should consider where the children will live and who should be in charge of their well-being. Long term, experts stress the importance of an updated will and having one’s affairs in order.
Some families who are aviation enthusiasts have told reporters that they insist on flying separately, since single-engine airplanes do not have the safety records of commercial flights. Some couples fly separately to ensure that their children will be cared for even after an accident. Actress Kate Winslet and her former husband Sam Mendes, for example, famously stated that they fly separately to ensure that someone will be able to care for their children in the event of an accident.
Some safety experts claim that such precautions are not necessary, pointing out that the likelihood of a Miami truck accident is much higher than the possibility of a plane crash, but couples still travel by car together. Experts interviewed in the wake of the Bramlage accident also were quick to point out that if couples choose to fly together that is reasonable as well.
So far, the cause of the Bramlages’ plane crash is not known and authorities are still investigating what may have caused the 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47 to crash. So far, what is known is that weather was clear and the family were on the way home when the aircraft began to break apart and went down.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been no fatal accidents involving scheduled commercial airplanes in the past two years in the US. There were, however, 267 fatal plane accidents involving non-commercial planes. In the majority of cases, human error caused the accidents. However, this is still considerably fewer fatalities and injuries than traffic accidents. In 2009 alone, there were over 10 million car accidents in the US, causing 35 000 fatalities. Each year, car accidents in Miami also cause serious injuries, including Miami spinal cord injuries, burns, amputations, and other injuries.
If you have been injured in a plane accident or in any type of accident that may have been caused by someone’s negligence or by a wrongful act, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to review your rights and your case with a personal injury attorney. The Flaxman Law Group has three South Florida offices – in Miami, Hollywood, and Homestead – to serve you better.