Survival Rates For Commercial Airline Accidents On The Decline

by | August 9th, 2013

August 9, 2013

Aviation safety technology advancements may have reduced the number of Commercial Airline Accidents in recent years from 394 crashes in the 1970s to 269 accidents from 2000 to 2009; however, these advancements have done little to decrease the number of lives that are lost to airplane accidents each year.

In fact, an article published in a recent issue of USA Today explained how survival rates have actually gotten significantly worse during the same period of time. Data indicates that in the 1970s, an estimated 22 percent of those individuals on board an aircraft when it crashed survived, while 15 percent of passengers survived from 2000 to 2009. The survival rate was even lower when more recent data was taken into consideration. Researchers found only 4 percent of passengers aboard flights that crash involving U.S. airlines survive the impact.

This has prompted officials to call on the industry to improve passenger safety mechanisms that could save lives. This will likely include improvements to aircraft seat belts after the equipment was found to be partially responsible for dozens of injuries that occurred aboard the recent crash in San Francisco.

The Aviation Accident Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the devastating effects an aviation accident can have, and are here to help those who have been injured or lost a loved one in such an incident.