When visiting an exotic or beautifully scenic place, seeing the sights in a helicopter can offer visitors an unmatched and thrilling experience. Helicopters are distinctive vessels with unique abilities that can easily reach remote areas and fly very low because of their maneuverability. These vessels can also perform extreme operations due to their size. However, similar to any aircraft in the blue skies, the possibility still exists that something may go wrong, such as a mechanical malfunction, which can lead to a serious accident.
Helicopters are complex and require a high degree of skill not only to operate, but to construct and maintain as well. These types of accidents, therefore, may occur for a number of reasons, such as pilot error, poor design, or improper maintenance.
Helicopter flight has been referred to by some as the most dangerous form of air travel, and passengers and crew members are injured or killed in helicopter accidents almost every day. A study completed in 2002 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of helicopter accidents that occurred between 1990 and 2000 reveals that there were a total of 2,211 crashes. Though this may seem low considering it is a ten year period, these types of accidents are often deadly and can result in life-threatening injuries, such as head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, neck injuries, or fractures of the spine.
When a person is injured in a helicopter accident due to no fault of their own, he or she has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation for their losses, but these types of cases can be difficult to win and require substantial evidence. In order to determine fault, a significant team of legal and engineering experts may be needed, as well as investigators to interview witnesses, gather evidence, and review the facts of the case.
The helicopter accident attorneys in Chicago of the Bradley Law Firm have the skills and experience necessary to win a successful settlement in a helicopter crash case. Our legal team will work to get the compensation needed to recover from a serious aircraft accident. For a no-cost consultation regarding your accident claim, call (312) 252-1488.