Helicopter Crashes—Staggering Statistics
Helicopter crashes make up a large percentage of total aviation accidents. In fact, at one point, USA Today compared the number of people that have perished in these accidents over the years to a sports stadium full of people, or roughly 45,000. Furthermore, statistics prove that you can multiply that stadium by three to learn how many victims are living with severe injuries from these accidents.
Another ominous statistic comes from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); the agency reports that air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. With that surge comes the inevitable increase in percentage of planes and helicopters that will crash, along with the higher probability of passengers sustaining injuries And, the only true resolve for anyone unlucky enough to be the victim of a helicopter crash, directly or indirectly, is to find an attorney that specializes in the practice of aviation law.
Slack & Davis, led by former NASA senior aerospace engineer and licensed pilot, Michael L. Slack, is known nationally and internationally as one of the preeminent law firms representing injured victims of plane and helicopter crashes. Slack & Davis has litigated or handled cases involving accidents throughout most of the U.S. states and around the world. Other strong points include:
- Slack & Davis has investigated, analyzed, litigated, settled and tried hundreds of air crash cases. These matters range from major airline disasters to general aviation crashes, and involve dozens of different makes and models of airplanes and helicopters.
- Slack & Davis brings knowledge and understanding of an aircraft’s history and components to every case.
- Slack & Davis offers keen technical insight into what causes airplane crashes, helicopter crashes, and other aviation accidents.
- Slack & Davis is made up of aviation professionals – aerospace engineers, airplane and helicopter pilots, and flight instructors with hands-on experience and understanding of the relationships between human factors in the cockpit, aircraft, weather and air traffic control.
Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Slack & Davis aviation lawyers have gained deep insight into all facets of the aviation industry by litigating or handling a wide variety of helicopter crash cases, including:
- Medical helicopters (air ambulances): These flights are inherently more dangerous than routine helicopter flights because they are often made at night or in inclement weather and involve landings in unprepared areas.
- Tour helicopters: Tour helicopter pilots might feel tremendous pressure to maintain schedules and fulfill flight commitments, even under unsafe conditions. Flying in poor weather, at night or in an overloaded aircraft can be recipes for disaster.
The law firm has identified the most common causes of helicopter accidents as:
- Poor pilot training
- Faulty equipment
- Structural, design or mechanical problems
Helicopter crashes are complex legal cases and require strong technical and legal skills due to the many potential theories of liability under state, federal and international law. There may be product liability, negligence of a party, or a combination of both that will need to be carefully reviewed. This knowledge and deep insight into all facets of the aviation industry enable our aviation attorneys, where appropriate, to file suit in jurisdictions most advantageous to our clients.
Slack & Davis offers clients the legal savvy, technical knowledge and financial resources to pursue cases against formidable adversaries. As always, our mission is to aggressively seek advantageous resolutions for our clients and secure the settlement or verdict you deserve. If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one in a helicopter crash, contact us today to learn how we can help you obtain the settlement you deserve.