AVIATION and HELICOPTER Related Injuries

If you have lost a loved one or have suffered injuries, damages, or death as a result of an aircraft-related injury (ie. planes, helicopters, passengers of an airline), you may want to speak with a lawyer.

“Every day, the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 44,000 flights and 2.7 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace.” https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/by_the_numbers/

Airplane and helicopter travel has become normal within the business community, as well as, the means of transportation for hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis. The number of these aerospace travelers will only begin to increase as ride-sharing companies begin to use drones and other unmanned vehicles. 

There are many different factors that can cause or contribute to the cause of an airline accident. Some of the most known factors at issue in aviation accidents include:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation violations;
  • Defective Design and/or materials;
  • In-flight Instrument or Avionics Failure;
  • Negligent Maintenance or repair (faulty equipment);
  • Pilot error;
  • In-flight icing;
  • Fueling errors;
  • Problems in the design of the aircraft;
  • Bird Strikes;
  • Flight servicing employee negligence;
  • Negligent behavior of a third party;
  • FAA air traffic controller negligence;

HELICOPTER ACCIDENTS

Helicopters are widely used in a number of areas for travel including the military, private transportation, oil industry, news industry, air ambulance, offshore transportation, and tourist attractions.

Many helicopter related accidents have revealed that helicopters can be very difficult to maneuver, especially for a novice pilot.  An added factor to difficult maneuvering is the fact that helicopters are non-fixed wing aircraft, making them able to land in various locations which are closer to on-ground dangers such as radio control towers, utility wires, mountains, or tall buildings.

As a result of the powerful impact forces involved in a helicopter crash, the likelihood of those occupants sustaining severe and disabling injuries and fatalities is great.

Due to the severity of helicopter crashes, there are obviously many different situations that can lead to a crash or flight complications.  Some of these factors include:

  • Pilot error;
  • Mechanical malfunction; 
  • Electrical malfunction;
  • Product design;
  • Maintenance deficiencies;
  • Poor helipad designs;
  • Improper flight inspections;

While there can be one or numerous reasons for airplane and helicopter crashes, the urgency to retain a competent attorney is of the utmost importance. 

When retained, counsel will start an immediate investigation into the causation of the incident that includes but is not limited to:

  • Retaining experts;
  • Searching the NTSB database;
  • Searching the FAA records;
  • Investigating the pilot’s experience and qualifications;
  • Obtaining information retrieved from the black box;
  • Obtaining the daily weather report;
  • Obtaining air traffic control records;
  • Locating witnesses and obtaining statements;
  • Obtaining the airplane or helicopter maintenance records;
  • etc.

These events are highly complex cases and require an in-depth knowledge of aviation law. The Caquias Law Group, PLLC obtains the services of aviation experts from throughout the country to prove difficult personal injury cases on behalf of our clients. The Caquias Law Group, PLLC has the human and financial resources and experience to use top aviation experts to obtain justice for victims of helicopter crashes, commercial airline crashes, or personal aircraft crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of an individual or company while on an airplane or helicopter or another aerospace-related field, call today for your free personal injury consultation.

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