There apparently is research taking place concerning development of lenses protecting a pilot’s eyes from laser flashes. However, while such research is far from being complete, there may be other steps that airlines can take to prevent an airline accident in this manner from happening.
Unfortunately, neither civil nor criminal penalties have prevented more of these kinds of incidents from occurring. A trial program is underway to educate individuals about the dangers of this practice including programs in Phoenix. We don’t know yet whether such a program will have any deterrent effect. There is also concern that use of these lasers could contribute to traffic accidents as well.
Regardless of how an aviation crash occurs, the results are likely to be of great consequence. As attorneys we represent victims of such crashes and try to hold the responsible parties accountable. We also have to figure out a way in which those victims can be adequately compensated. Every aviation accident is unique. Proving up how such an accident occurs is dependent upon the individual circumstances of each situation.