When Pilots Fly Impaired
Operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol has been a continual problem for commercial airline pilots across the nation. Although the number has decreased significantly since 2002, a reported 11 percent of pilots exceeded the Federal Aviation Administration blood alcohol limit of 0.04 in 2010.
When pilots choose to fly under the influence of alcohol, they are endangering hundreds of innocent lives. Because of the size of the plane and distance they fall, airplane crashes almost always end in severe injury or death. It is critically important to hold reckless pilots accountable for the harm they cause.
Drunk Pilots Violate Federal Laws
There are many federal regulations in place to ensure airline pilots act as safely as possible. Almost half of all airline accidents occur because of pilot error so it is important to hold your pilot responsible in case of an accident. Regarding alcohol and flying, federal law states:
- Cannot be over the blood alcohol content level of 0.04 to serve as a crew member
- Unlawful to work under influence of any drugs
- Illegal to operate an airplane if you have had alcohol less than eight hours prior to takeoff
The culture of bravado and drinking during stopovers has been so widespread that there have been movies and television programs made about it. This sort of lax attitude creates needless dangers and must be punished.
Skillful Pilot Intoxication Lawyers Advocate For Your Right To Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated pilot, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
To speak with a qualified legal representative about your rights and options, contact the Kentucky pilot intoxication attorney at the Slechter Law Firm in Louisville today at 502-694-5407 or email us to schedule a free consultation.