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While it may not happen often, helicopters can crash and cause serious injury and even death. If you are the victim of helicopter crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss.
Fatalities in Helicopter Crashes
A helicopter is one of the most dangerous ways to fly. Pilot errors aren’t just common, they are one of the most common reasons for helicopter crashes. The accident rate for travel by helicopter is much higher than with other methods of aviation.
A private helicopter is even more dangerous. Statistics show that helicopters users have a death rate of 3.37 per 100,000 flight hours as compared to 1 in 100,000 for planes. Statistics show that the accident rate for private helicopters is even higher at nearly 30 crashes per 100,000 flight hours.
If you have been injured or lost a family member in a helicopter crash, contact us to find out if you qualify for compensation. It doesn’t matter whether you were injured on a commercial or private flight, you have rights and we fight to protect those rights.
You Have Rights
While some helicopter crashes happen because of weather or other unavoidable things, they are often caused by negligence. The negligence could involve the pilot, the designer of the helicopter, the manufacturer of the helicopter or the manufacturer of equipment which goes into the production of the helicopter.
We conduct a thorough investigation into your claim to determine fault. We analyze testimony from eyewitnesses, review files from the FAA, review specifications for the model of aircraft used, and analyze navigation charts and other documents. We work to determine the cause of the crash and who is liable for the accident. We also determine how much in damages you may be entitled to.
If you are the victim of a helicopter accident or have a loved one who was involved, contact us right away.
What Causes Helicopter Accidents?
Two of the most common reasons for helicopter crashes are flying into objects or terrain and losing control of the helicopter. However, many other reasons exist for these accidents as well, including:
- Midair collision with another helicopter or plane
- Issues with the fuel system
- Failure of major systems
- Failure of components
Many of these issues are preventable with the right care and with correct procedures in place. But be aware: you only have a short period of time to file an injury claim. In some states, you may only have one year from the date of the crash to file a claim against the liable party.
What Makes Us the Right Choice?
We understand the aviation industry and the responsibilities it has to those who use the services. We are also dedicated to ensuring responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence. Here’s what you can expect from us as we work on your claim:
- We will review and analyze all evidence from the data received with the black box, to expert testimony and to determine the cause of the crash.
- We will estimate the amount of damages for your losses.
- We will advocate on your behalf to ensure you get maximum compensation for your medical costs and any other losses.
- We will negotiate whenever possible with liable parties for the optimal settlement.
- We will continue to litigation when negotiation is not effective.
Settlements from Recent Plane Crash Cases
Two families recently received $21 million when army reservists died when their helicopter crashed after hitting power lines. In another case, two couples died in a crash that resulted from poor maintenance. The families received $16 million. Another case yielded $12.7 million to families when three people died in a crash of a medical helicopter. In another instance, a man died when his helicopter connected with power lines. A total of $7.2 million was awarded.
These are just a few examples of the awards helicopter crash victims may be awarded though your award will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Helicopter crashes are a serious claim, especially when victims die. To determine the damages you may be eligible for, give us a call today.