Helicopters are one of the most unique aircraft that have ever been invented. They have unique abilities that no other aircraft or vehicles possess: they can reach remote areas, hover in mid air, take off and land from a very small area, fly low to the ground, land on rooftops, and lower or raise objects or people to or from the ground. Because of these unique abilities, helicopter pilots and crew are able to perform extraordinary operations. Like all aircraft though, helicopters occasionally malfunction and potentially crash, resulting in injury or death.
Causes of Crashes
Helicopters are unique in that they rely on propellers for hovering and for flight. The propellers must be in equilibrium for the aircraft to be maneuverable and stay upright. Any problem with the propellers could lead to disaster. When a helicopter crashes, the accident is usually caused by one of the following:
- Propeller or other part malfunction, leading to loss of control of the aircraft
- Navigation equipment malfunction
- Inclement weather or other hazardous conditions
- Pilot error
People who choose to use helicopters for transportation or tourism should talk with the crew and be sure that they are familiar with the emergency safety procedures should an accident occur. Knowing how to respond appropriately in an emergency situation could mean the difference between life and death.
The Cost of an Accident
A helicopter crash can result in a long list of injuries and costs, including:
- Severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal injury, or head trauma
- Wrongful death
- Costly medical bills and counseling
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Legal fees
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
If you have been injured in a helicopter accident, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. A personal injury attorney can represent your interests in court, hold liable parties accountable for the accident, and fight to get you the compensation for your injuries and related damages that you deserve.
For More Information
To learn more about helicopter accidents and injury liability, please visit the website of experienced Waukesha personal injury lawyers Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. today.