Helicopter crashes are relatively rare, but they are one of the most common aviation accidents. The growing popularity of helicopter travel has contributed to a higher rate of helicopter accidents.
Many helicopter accidents are fatal to the victims, as are many aviation accidents. Severe injuries such as amputation, paralysis, and brain injury can impair the victim’s ability to work, participate in family activities, and lead a normal life. Medical bills can exceed tens of thousands of dollars.
The conditions that lead to helicopter crashes are similar to the causes of other aviation accidents–inclement weather, operator error, or even defective helicopter parts.
Helicopter crash litigation can be complex and confusing, involving a lengthy investigation into the causes and circumstances of the crash and requiring extensive expert witness testimony and research. The complexities of air travel in the United States do nothing but complicate matters. With so many different entities involved in each takeoff, flight, and landing, communication can also be an issue. Air traffic controller errors, flight service negligence, maintenance or repair errors, and violations of FAA regulations can all be contributing factors to helicopter disasters.
The right helicopter crash lawyer can evaluate your case, help investigate its causes, retain the best experts, and negotiate between the many parties involved.