Aviation Ethics Rules

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There is no better time than now to stress the importance for lawyers to present constructive, informative advertising in an objective, accurate way for consumers and businesses. Clifford Law Offices (aviation.cliffordlaw.com) discusses the ethics of advertising by lawyers after tragedies such as the recent upstate New York plane crash.

An informed consumer is of utmost importance

The crash of Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, New Jersey, is a terrible tragedy. The loss of 50 lives in the twin turboprop aircraft heading to Buffalo, New York, that crashed into a home just minutes before its planned landing will take months to unravel.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were on the scene within hours, recovering important pieces of information and evidence that will help them piece together exactly what happened and to learn from mistakes that might have been made.

In the miracle on the Hudson River in January, the passengers on the US Airways plane were spared. Some called that situation scary, surreal, the hand of God. Some even thought they were going to die. Others will have nightmares for the rest of their lives. Perhaps some may never want to fly again.

Emotional distress is difficult to quantify, but it doesn't make it unreal. It doesn't take it away.    The tearful stories of people clinging to rescuers, pleading for them not to let go as the only thing between them and death was a yellow life vest is not to be taken lightly.

Just a few days before that crash, the federal government was touting that since the dawn of the jet age, two consecutive years had passed without a single airline passenger death in a U.S. carrier crash. The crash of Continental Flight 3407 has changed that.

Read the full Aviation Ethics article here.

"An informed consumer is of utmost importance," says Robert A. Clifford, founder of Clifford Law Offices.


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