Categories: Aircraft Accident

Post-Accident Sequence of Events

Many issues require attention after an air accident but the most important is to assist injured survivors. According to research, some Alaska aircraft accidents are avoidable although not all. But even when such accidents occur, lives can be saved if you understand what to do after the accident.

There’s bound to be a beehive of activities after an air accident. Data and various reports on Alaska aircraft accidents show that most carriers are ill-prepared for such disasters. Understanding the post-accident sequence of events after an accident is the first step toward making good choices.

The Sequence of Events after an Air Crash

1. Accident Investigators arrive on the scene

The first action after an air crash is to secure the accident scene, which helps secure evidence that is typically transient. For instance, data should be recorded fast in an air crash caused by ice. Otherwise, such evidence might vanish before anyone records its presence.

2. Attending the Injured

Saving survivors translates to saving lives which should be the primary focus once rescuers arrive at the scene of the accident. Investigating the accident should be secondary. Rescuers should ensure that all survivors are identified and the severity of injuries noted before being removed from the wreckage.

3. Recording and Securing Evidence

The people guarding the accident scene must ensure the wreckage is not tampered with because that could interfere with the investigation process. Air crash investigations are sensitive because tampering with evidence in the slightest way might significantly impact the investigation process.

Determining whether hazardous materials are present at the accident scene should be prioritized to avoid more injuries, explosions, and more. Investigators and other personnel must take necessary measures to secure the accident scene and protect everyone from the potential dangers of any hazardous materials present at the scene.

4. Photographing the Wreckage

Photographs of the wreckage provide visual evidence and can be used for later analysis. Such photographs should cover all aspects of the wreckage if possible. For instance, the photos should clearly show the individual parts of the aircraft, any fatalities and where bodies lie, and more.

5. Filing Legal Action

Carriers are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their passengers and cargo. In other words, you can sue a carrier for loss incurred after an air crash. Alternatively, you can sue the carrier for the wrongful death of a loved one if somebody close to you loses their life through an air crash.

Most people contact personal injury attorneys who specialize in aircraft accidents when filing seeking compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one is a victim of an air crash accident you can recover damages for:

  • Bodily injuries;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Loss of wages and lost opportunity to work/earn;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Wrongful death of a loved one, and more.

Many events follow air crashes–some of which may seem unimportant to a layman. Consequently, working with an air accident attorney can help you make informed decisions.

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