Helicopters are unique aircraft that have operational capabilities that are not possessed by airplanes which include the ability to take off and land vertically, fly close to the ground and perform more complex maneuvers. They also happen to be more difficult to operate and more likely to be involved in aviation accidents than planes as well. Most people grossly underestimate just how dangerous helicopters can be and the risks that accompany flying or piloting them and while accidents are still very rare in comparison to other methods of travel, they do occur. It is important to understand your rights and the responsibilities of helicopter pilots and owners if you have been involved in an accident because you may be entitled to damages.The Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Helicopter accidents are primarily the result of pilot error, mechanical or electrical error and design flaws. One or more of these factors can influence the cause and severity of an accident and determining the exact cause of an accident will allow the victims to seek accountability from the proper source.
- Pilot Errors— These can include failing to perform preflight safety checks, the misuse of equipment, miscalculating speed and trajectory midflight, operating the helicopter in adverse weather conditions and not being properly trained to pilot the aircraft.
- Mechanical Malfunctions— Maintenance crews are responsible for ensuring that aircraft operate safely and in the manner in which they were intended. Not all of the problems can be detected and when equipment malfunctions or defects are determined to be the cause of an accident, it is important to determine whether the repairman was responsible for improperly servicing the aircraft or the manufacturer produced part made with faulty or defective materials.
- Electrical Failure— The controls of a helicopter rely on electricity and are subject to electrical failure due to shorts in controls or wiring. The electrical source can malfunction, the equipment itself could cause a short or an integral component could fail. Design flaws and lack of regular inspections of the electrical system can lead to these forms of electrical failure and those responsible for maintaining the helicopter could be liable for failing to detect an electrical in advance of a flight.
A study showed that during 100,000 hours of flight via planes versus 100,000 hours of flight via helicopter resulted in an accident rate of 0.175 accidents compared to 7.5. Helicopters operate much closer to the ground, buildings and other obstacles than planes do and carry a greater risk of collision as a result. The elevated risk of aviation accidents suggests the need for more stringent regulations and safety protocols for the service and operation of helicopters. When the failure to hold pilots and mechanics to high standards results in severe injuries and the loss of life, it is important that the victims are compensated fairly for their medical treatment, pain and suffering and all other costs related to their aviation accident.Loved One In A Helicopter Crash? Get Help From An Attorney Who Has Litigated Helicopter Accident Cases Before
If you or a loved one has been involved in a helicopter accident, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now to arrange a free consultation with a qualified helicopter accident attorney. Attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld has handled numerous helicopter accident cases including the crash of an Illinois Department of Transportation accident involving three workers from the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. During our meeting, we will review the details of your case, explain your legal rights and let you know how we plan to proceed with your case. We will perform our own investigation into the cause of your accident in order to determine who should be liable and how best to recover damages on your behalf and if we are unable to help you or fail to collect compensation on your behalf, our services and advice will be at no cost to you.