Can Turbulence Cause a Plane Accident?

When you experience turbulence on any plane ride, you may get that little voice in the back of your mind that says, “time to panic.” The good thing is that in 2017, there was only 2 recorded incidents of turbulence causing injury. However, many turbulence related injuries are due to passengers not being in their seat with their seatbelt secured. While it is true that serious turbulence can cause plane accidents, as a main or contributing factor, there are some myths about turbulence that have been debunked. At Clarke Griffin, LLC, we want you to understand the facts when it comes to turbulence and personal injuries sustained during a plane trip or accident.

A plane can be ripped apart due to severe turbulence: FALSE. The last incident blamed entirely on plane turbulence happened in 1966 in Japan. Thankfully, due to updated technology, airplanes are designed to handle more intense turbulence.  While small aircraft are more at risk to take on damage from severe turbulence, it is not going to be enough to down a major airline.

Turbulence is unavoidable: FALSE. If you already get nervous about flying, choosing a flight in the morning is going to be your best bet at flying with less turbulence. If possible, sitting near the wings of the plane, near the middle of the aircraft, can also make turbulence a bit less noticeable.

There are ways to make sure you are doing all you can to stay safe when flying, even when you can’t control every single outcome. Keeping your seatbelt fastened when you are in your seat can reduce your chance of injury during turbulence. You should also follow the safety guidelines, so you are aware of what to do in the event of a crash. Simply being alert and staying aware of your surroundings can also help. Flying can be scary, but with the right knowledge, it doesn’t have to be something you always avoid.

In the event that you are injured in a plane accident, you deserve legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney in the Portland-metro area. Contact Clarke Griffin, LLC to schedule a free consultation today.

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