Louisiana helicopter accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit today on behalf of two men injured in a helicopter crash last month. On December 14, 2021, a Bell 407 helicopter crashed onto a Louisiana highway where our clients were driving. The impact inflicted significant harm on both of them. One of the injured men is from Mobile, Alabama. The other is from Houston, Texas.
Media coverage of the accident can be found here:
- Fox 10: Helicopter crash shuts down I-10 in Louisiana
- 4WWWL: Helicopter crash shuts down I-10, I-55 near Spillway
- The Houma Times: Helicopter crash on Bonne Carré Spillway causes closure of I-10 eastbound
Because they’re relatively cheaper to store and use, helicopters have a higher accident rate than winged aircraft; on top of that, 1 in 3 helicopter accidents in the world occur in the United States. Why are they so common here? In part, because helicopters are a popular form of transportation for the offshore industry, tourism, and executive travel. The other part of the equation is that a helicopter can go through more takeoffs and landings with fewer maintenance checks than a commuter airplane.
When a helicopter crashes, the first thing we investigate is the charter company who owns or operates the helicopter. They’re solely responsible for the helicopter’s maintenance and operation, and they should be held fully accountable for any accidents on their watch. Arnold & Itkin is proud to help these two men recover and investigate how future incidents like this can be avoided.
The lawsuit was filed in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.