If a family member died in a helicopter accident, call us to investigate and evaluate your potential claim and fight for justice and your legal rights.
According to statistics, over 2 million Americans fly on a daily basis, mainly on commercial flights. As stated in data collected by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) helicopters crash at a slightly higher rate than aircraft overall. The average for general aircraft accidents is 7.28/every 100K hours of flight time.
For helicopters alone, the crash rate is 9.84/100K hours. Helicopters crash about 35% more often per hour in the air than the average aircraft, often resulting in serious injury. However, the death rate in helicopter accidents is 1.3 deaths/100K flight hours versus 1.4 deaths for aircraft in general.
Cutting through traffic jams, avoiding rush hour, and delivering people right to their doors, in Florida, the helicopter is a favorite transportation method for doctors, lawyers, and corporate people, perpetually useful in busy cities. It’s also perfect for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelorette parties.
It's no wonder then that the helicopter charter market is on the increase. Commuting by helicopter is efficient and effective. Besides, tourist sightseeing and aerial photography rides offer a bird's eye view of some of Florida's most spectacular attractions.
Are helicopters dangerous? Helicopters are very complex, and one defect can cause a severe and often deadly crash. Since helicopters are sophisticated machines, they also require the highest level of maintenance and piloting skills. Accidents happen when these skills are insufficient or compromised. Both people and property nearby, as well as passengers and crew, can be affected by a helicopter crash. The fact that helicopters are used in risky operations, such as search and rescue missions, fire-fighting, law enforcement, medical evacuation, in war zones, and sometimes in bad weather, increases their chances of being involved in fatal accidents.
When bringing a case involving a helicopter accident, our legal team works closely with helicopter crash experts, aviation and legal engineers, and accident investigators from all over the world to not only uncover what went wrong but to bring the strongest case against whoever is liable. We pursue any and all legal theories and remedies under product liability law, negligence law, and aviation law on behalf of our crash victims and their families, whether there has been a wrongful death or serious injury.
As an aviation law firm, we have handled numerous crash and accident cases, winning significant awards for clients at trial or during settlement negotiations. We are well-versed in the insurance issues surrounding helicopter crashes, which is an important consideration in cases where insurance coverage may be limited.
Helicopters are sophisticated machines. For a helicopter to operate safely, engines, rotors, driveshafts, gears, electronics, flight controls, and landing gear must be designed, manufactured, maintained, and operated with the utmost skill and care.
We handle helicopter accident cases arising from:
Operational error. An operational error is the one area where the human error is most direct and apparent. Human error can occur in flight planning, the actual conduct of the flight, in training, or in maintenance.
Mechanical defects. A component of the aircraft fails or doesn't function as intended. This is the peril most feared by helicopter crews because of its severity. The failure of a single key helicopter component such as the rotor and rotor shaft, tail rotor, or main gearbox often proves fatal.
Electrical malfunction. A malfunction can result when the source is not working or one of the helicopter's components malfunctions.
All too commonly these factors cause great aircraft damage and personal injury, even death. The forensic investigation of the accident scene is particularly critical after a helicopter crash. Seemingly minor details, such as the condition of the rotors, can reveal a lot of information about how and why an accident occurred.
No matter where your accident occurred, we may be able to help. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can represent victims and their families throughout the United States.
If you were the victim of a single-engine aircraft accident or you lost a family member in such an event, our experienced attorneys are there for you. We have extensive experience in handling product liability cases, and we work together with aircraft technicians to determine whether there was a design or manufacturing defect that caused the accident.
We'll investigate the details of your crash, and we'll work together with a medical specialist to determine the exact extent of your damages. If you have a valid legal claim, we'll pursue just compensation from the liable parties, either through settlement or product liability or wrongful death lawsuit.
We'll make sure the compensation you receive will cover the costs of property damage, medical bills, long-term medical care, and lost wages you suffered. We handle cases involving some of the most popular single-engine aircraft and helicopters, so do not hesitate to contact us.
While helicopter safety is improving, accidents do happen. Known as trial lawyers, we have the experience and knowledge needed to build strong cases for clients who lost a loved one in a helicopter accident or were injured themselves.