Helicopters may be relatively rare in the United States, but, unfortunately, the accident rates for these vehicles are high. According to data collected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there were 17 fatal helicopter accidents out of the 106 recorded in 2016 – an alarmingly high rate given that the year actually saw a significant decrease in accidents.
When you’ve been seriously injured on a private, military-owned or ambulatory helicopter, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent operator or against the helicopter manufacturer. At Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys, our team combines over a century of powerful legal experience with board certification in aviation accident law. Based in Jacksonville, our attorneys can take on cases across the nation, and we’re committed to helping the victims of major helicopter crashes.
It’s exceptionally difficult to maneuver a helicopter and land it safely. These delicate machines are vulnerable to even the most minor changes in weather patterns, and helicopter controls and parts are not always designed with these facts in mind. Aside from that, electrical malfunctions and component failures are common. Because of all these factors, helicopters have a 40% higher chance of crashing than most other aircraft types.
However, there’s another significant side to the equation here, too: In 2004, a study presented at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium showed that up to 85% of all helicopter accidents could not be eliminated by just removing helicopter defects and malfunctions. In other words, human error – and specifically pilot error – is the single most important cause behind most helicopter accidents. By failing to operate within the limitations of their vehicle, many helicopter pilots may be held liable for crashes.
Helicopter accidents result in life-threatening and catastrophic injuries, and fatalities are all too frequent. No matter the cause of your helicopter accident, you can rely on Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys to perform the comprehensive investigation that you need.
If another party’s negligence contributed to those painful experiences in any way, we’ll take your case as far as possible. Because of this relentless drive for the truth, we’ve won billions on behalf of our airplane and helicopter accident clients across the country, ensuring that they received adequate financial damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other losses.