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Unlike other aircraft, helicopters take off and land vertically. They also hover and fly forward and backward. This makes helicopters a useful mode of transportation for emergency responders, the military, and offshore drilling companies. However, helicopter accidents frequently occur and can lead to life-changing injuries.

Data compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reveals there were more than 140 civil helicopter accidents in 2008, and nearly 30 of them were fatal. The helicopter accident rate is 3.67 per 100,000 flying hours and 1.22 per 100,000 departures. International research shows that 35% of worldwide helicopter accidents occur in the U.S. For every 100,000 miles traveled in a helicopter, there is a 40% greater chance of an accident compared to other aircraft. Passengers’ safety in helicopters is determined by the pilot and by the helicopter’s owners—poor judgment and poor maintenance are the chief causes of helicopter accidents.

In 2018, faulty safety harnesses led to the death of 5 passengers in a tragic helicopter crash.

Injured in a Helicopter Crash? Seek Help Today!

If you or a loved one were injured in a helicopter accident, you need experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. At Arnold & Itkin, we understand the emotional and physical distress a helicopter accident causes. This is why our firm is dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives. Our Louisiana helicopter accident lawyers have recovered billions in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you are a victim of a helicopter accident, contact us to help you review your legal options. We can walk you through the process and help you every step of the way.

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Helicopter Accident Victim Recovered $1.67 Million

We have experience successfully representing helicopter victims. For example, we helped a client injured in a helicopter accident recover $1.67 million. On the way to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the helicopter’s tail rotor malfunctioned and led to an emergency landing. However, the flotation devices on the helicopter were improperly installed—leading the helicopter to roll over in the water. Although the helicopter company argued that the two other passengers had not been injured due to the soft landing, we were able to recover $1.67 million for our client.

The History of Helicopter Crashes

Helicopters were invented in the early 1940s, and although there were many faulty features, engineers quickly learned from their mistakes. With time, helicopters were able to implement new safety features into the designs. Civil and military helicopter innovations helped improve commercial helicopter safety features as well. Engineers continued to implement great safety improvements during the 1960s. The likelihood of part failure significantly dropped because helicopters were designed to be safer.

Some safety advances in helicopter design included:

  • Back-up system in the event of a design or mechanical failure
  • Safety features to prevent fatal injuries in an emergency landing

Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents

Due to the complexity and safety precaution needed to conduct a helicopter, there are many different situations that can still cause an accident. Although airworthiness failures in helicopter accidents are common, this is not the leading cause of crashes. According to Bell Helicopter Textron, between 1985 and 2004, about 75% of all accidents were caused by human error. It was also discovered that nearly all human-related accidents were caused by poor judgement—often due to the lack of emergency response training.

These are three main causes of helicopter crashes:

  • Operation Error: This refers to helicopter accidents caused by some form of human error—usually by the pilot. For example, it could mean that the pilot did not operate within the aircraft's operational limitations or that they operated in unsafe conditions.
  • Mechanical Malfunction: This refers to accidents that are caused by the failure of some component of the aircraft. This could mean that the component was improperly designed, was never tested, or was manufactured incorrectly.
  • Electrical Malfunction: This refers to accidents caused by some malfunction in the electrical components of the aircraft. This can stem from an electrical source that malfunctions, an electrical short, inadequate design, testing, or improper quality control.

Contact Our Louisiana Helicopter Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629

If you or a loved one are victims of a helicopter accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can help protect your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin, we are trial lawyers who are committed to help our clients recover their losses after life-altering accidents. Regardless of the cause, if we take your case our Louisiana helicopter accident lawyers 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.

Schedule a free consultation with our Baton Rouge helicopter accident lawyers —call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online.

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