Experienced Helicopter Crash Attorneys Who Will Fight for Your Interests
The use of helicopters has skyrocketed as more private citizens and organizations use this form of transportation to get a bird’s-eye view while sightseeing, access hard-to-reach locations, or travel to a destination more quickly while avoiding the hassle of commercial flights or driving. Unfortunately, helicopter crashes represent an alarmingly large percentage of total aviation accidents. When compared to the total number of aviation crashes, helicopters crash about 35% more often than other types of aircraft, a troubling statistic when you consider the risks that are unique to helicopters. Victims of these accidents and their families rely on the helicopter crash attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger to secure the verdict or settlement they deserve.
Helicopter Crash Lawyers with In-Depth Industry Knowledge
Helicopter passengers may not realize the inherent dangers of choosing this form of transport. When compared to planes, helicopters take off and land more frequently, which is when most aviation accidents occur. These types of aircraft are more vulnerable to bad weather, and less-stringent regulations mean that pilots may be less experienced than their airline counterparts, making them less capable of handling problems in flight. In addition, helicopters have more moving parts than planes, which means more components can break or malfunction.
With helicopter crash attorneys who are also licensed pilots, along with a former aerospace engineer, Slack Davis Sanger offers a unique blend of experience and aviation knowledge to clients. Our firm regularly handles the following types of helicopter accident and crash cases:
Charter and Tour Helicopter Crashes and Accidents
Vacation spots advertise helicopter tours as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see your destination from a unique perspective. Athletes, executives, musicians, government officials, and celebrities may opt for a charter helicopter to travel shorter distances. In some locations, including Hawaii, tour helicopter pilots are inexperienced at navigating challenging terrain, particularly when weather conditions can change rapidly. Since helicopters can fly at lower altitudes, they are more vulnerable to collisions with hills or buildings if visibility is poor. A shortage in helicopter pilots and mechanics may result in more poorly maintained aircraft and less qualified individuals in the cockpit. Slack Davis Sanger has a long history of successfully helping families secure just compensation related to helicopter crashes and accidents.
Air Ambulance and Medical Helicopter Crashes
In a medical emergency, patients may be transported to a medical facility by an air ambulance, medical helicopter, or medical transport plane. An already devastating situation can worsen if one of these aircraft experiences a crash or accident. In these cases, not only can patients suffer further injury or even death, but medical flight crew members can also experience severe injuries or fatalities. Ladd Sanger, managing partner of the Dallas office at Slack Davis Sanger, is a licensed helicopter pilot with deep knowledge of this type of aircraft and other emergency planes. Our attorneys also present and write extensively on the topic of air medical safety.
Offshore Helicopter Crashes and Accidents
Since 2000, over 40 helicopters have crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while transporting workers to offshore oil rigs. Because these waters are governed by an elaborate set of maritime laws, only firms with attorneys knowledgeable in these types of cases can position victims and their families to win a successful resolution. Slack Davis Sanger can help fight for the compensation victims and their families deserve.