Flying Under the Influence

In recent years, reports of commercial airline pilots operating airplanes under the influence of alcohol have surfaced. These reports have understandably caused a great deal of concern among the flying public. Intoxication can result from the consumption of even a modest amount of alcohol and the subsequent physical and mental impairment that one experiences can have catastrophic effects when vehicles of any kind are involved.

If you or your loved one has suffered injuries in an aviation accident caused by an intoxicated pilot then you may be able to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation for medical bills and other appropriate damages. Contact the Phoenix aviation accident lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your potential case.

Common Alcohol-Related Impairments

Alcohol affects each individual differently, but the general symptoms of intoxication tend to be largely similar. A pilot or co-pilot who drinks too much alcohol prior to a flight may experience:

  • Impaired motor skills
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgment and radical changes in demeanor

Given the technical complexity of safely flying an airplane, it is not hard to understand that any physical or mental impairments associated with excessive alcohol consumption might be impossible to overcome. Pilots who consume alcohol before take-off unnecessarily threaten the safety of their passengers due to the increased likelihood of aviation accidents.

Contact Us

The Phoenix aviation accident attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., may be able to help you to obtain financial compensation if you been harmed due to the actions of an intoxicated pilot. Contact us today at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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