Like any motor vehicle, in order for a helicopter to function operate effectively and efficiently all of its parts must be in proper working order. This includes the engine, gears, controls, and landing gears. Although helicopters do not fly as high or as far as airplanes, they are many times more likely to have an accident. In fact, statistics report there are 7.5 helicopter accidents every 100,000 hours of flight compared to the 0.175 airplane accidents per 100,000 hours.
When riding in a helicopter, you trust the pilot, helicopter manufacturer, and maintenance crew to get you safely off the ground. If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s negligence in a helicopter accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To speak with a qualified Clearwater injury lawyer of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., about your legal options, contact us today at 727-441-9030.
Causes of Helicopter Accidents
There are many different potential causes of helicopter accidents. The majority of causes fall into three primary categories: operational error, mechanical error, and electrical malfunction. Within these categories, there are many different causes, including:
- Pilot error, such as choosing to fly into severe weather
- Electrical malfunction causing fire
- Defective helicopter parts
- Air traffic controller error
- Weight limit violations
Helicopters are popular for tours as well as short-distance travels. However, there are a number of reasons why helicopters fail. This can result in injury to you and those you love.
Victims of helicopter accidents caused by the carelessness of another person or party may be entitled to compensation. If you have been hurt in a helicopter accident, do not hesitate to contact an attorney of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., today and schedule a consultation with a legal professional. You can reach us at 727-441-9030.