This Comment tracks the development U.S. law, and international law, as it pertains to aviation crashes off the coast of the United States. Part I of this Comment details the vehicles for providing relief to the families of victims killed in aviation disasters. U.S. federal statutes, international agreements, maritime common law, and U.S. state law, depending on the circumstances, now may apply to actions for the recovery of damages for wrongful death. Part II discusses the recent initiatives proposed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to provide equitable treatment to the families of disaster victims. This part specifically concentrates on the Ford Act that was the interim solution ultimately adopted by the U.S. Legislature. Part III argues that the current system of recovery falls short of its purpose of providing equitable relief for the families of aviation accident victims and proposes new legislation that would remedy the situation.
Compensating Victims of Aviation Disasters: Establishing Uniform and Equitable Remedies for Accidents Over Water,
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