Injured in a Texas Helicopter Crash? You Deserve the Best Attorney.
Houston is no stranger to helicopter accidents. The region's thriving offshore industry means helicopter travel is common for workers as a means of getting to and from platforms. Tourists and civilians embark on helicopter tours or charter helicopters to travel short distances. When these helicopters are improperly operated or poorly maintained, pilots and passengers may suffer life-changing injuries or may not survive to fly again.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a helicopter crash—or if you lost someone you love— you need experienced legal counsel, and you need it now. At Arnold & Itkin, our Houston aviation accident attorneys know how much is on the line in the wake of helicopter accidents. Our team is composed of trial lawyers serious about helping injury victims. We have recovered more than $15 billion on our clients' behalf.
Throughout the years, we have gained a reputation for being compassionate attorneys who truly care about our clients. We have been known to travel to our client's homes, hospital rooms, and to promptly answer calls or texts whenever they are sent. We understand that we are more than just your attorney: we are your advocate.
Our Texas Offshore Helicopter Crash Lawyers Help Workers & Their Families
As the nation's energy hub, many offshore workers disembark from the Houston area via helicopter to spend weeks working on the water. Unfortunately, the possibility of an helicopter crash makes the journey to and from oil platforms one of the most dangerous aspects of working offshore. One report found that there were 28 fatal accidents and 147 deaths between 2013 and 2018. The most common cause of these accidents was found to be "controlled flight into terrain or water." In other words, many offshore helicopter accidents are preventable.
$1.67 Million Recovered for Victim of Helicopter Accident
We have successfully represented helicopter accident victims in the past. For example, in 2013, we recovered $1.67 million for a man injured in a helicopter accident on the way to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In this case, the helicopter's tail rotor stopped functioning, causing the pilot to perform a controlled emergency landing on water. However, the flotation devices had been improperly installed—this led to the helicopter rolling over in the water.
The helicopter company argued the two other passengers had not been injured due to the soft landing and non-violent rollover. They also alleged our client had pre-existing conditions. Despite these claims, we recovered $1.67 million.
A History of Helicopter Crashes
Implementing Safety into the Design
Air travel is one of the many remarkable inventions in recent history. In the early 1940's, helicopters began to take flight; along with this new technology came many accidents. With every incident, engineers and pilots alike would learn from their mistakes and the experience, seeking to improve whatever they could. Understanding the value of safety, as well as the importance of this new technology, helicopter safety greatly improved over the years. Even though civil and military helicopters were invented, safety improvements for one often benefited both fleets.
In time, engineers have been able to develop various risk management techniques and hazard identification methods in order to warn a pilot of the helicopter's airworthiness before they take off. These new programs have allowed for accident prevention with regards to the mechanical failures of the aircraft. As more techniques have been discovered over the years, fleets have become safer.
Accident Causes in the Early Stages
From the first flight of the helicopter until the 1960's, a common cause of accidents was due to the failure of the aircraft mechanics, rarely including failure of the engine. It is believed that engine failure was the least likely cause of an accident because by this time in history enough development had been done for the use of an engine, whereas the idea of flying a helicopter was entirely new. When compared to other forms of aircraft, the helicopter required different forms of maintenance, and the causes of accidents varied as well. Other than simple maintenance errors, due to the earlier stages of the industry, the majority of the accidents were caused by human error or other causes unknown at the time.
Increased Performance in the 1960s
As more time was spent learning about the aircraft, engineers were continuing to implement great improvements on safety. Not only were they designed with more efficient materials to improve aerodynamics, the likelihood of "part failures" were significantly dropping. Three levels of protection were decided upon for safety in helicopters:
- Fail-proof helicopter design
- Backup system in the event of a design or mechanical failure
- Prevent fatal injuries for all occupants in the aircraft
Contact Our Houston Helicopter Crash Attorneys at (888) 493-1629
Regardless of whether you were injured during a helicopter tour or if you were being transported to work on a drill site or on an oil platform, it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help to protect your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin, we are committed to our clients' success. We know high winds and inclement weather can cause a crash, just as much as we know that crashes can be caused by improperly trained pilots or mechanical error. Regardless of the cause, you can trust our Houston personal injury law firm to protect your legal rights. With years of trial experience and countless successful cases, our law firm will work tirelessly to help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve after the wrongful death of a loved one or personal injury.
To schedule a free consultation with our Houston helicopter injury lawyers, call (888) 493-1629.