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Are helicopter crashes increasing?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2020 | Uncategorized

In recent years, the number of commercial flight accidents in the United States has significantly decreased. However, the number of helicopter crashes is actually increasing. While these accidents are still rare, these statistics might leave you wondering if it’s safe to travel in a private helicopter.

What are the statistics for helicopter accidents?

In 2018, the number of fatal aviation crashes sharply increased. In 2016, the fatal accident rate was 0.54 per 100,000 flight hours. However, in 2018, that number jumped to 0.72 per 100,000 flight hours. As far as total accidents, the number jumped from 3.48 to 3.62 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. The percentage of fatal accidents involving private helicopters also jumped from 22% to 29%.

Experts claim that the rate of fatal accidents is increasing due to the increased number of man-made obstacles like buildings and power lines. Since helicopters fly at a lower altitude than airplanes, they’re more likely to collide with obstacles on land like trees, hills, mountains and buildings. These obstacles become even more dangerous if they’re obscured in a fog and the pilot doesn’t see them until it’s too late.

Over the years, private flights have experienced the biggest increase in fatalities, with many pilots flying in dangerous weather conditions. Other accidents have involved medical helicopters, police helicopters and crop sprayers used by farmers. However, these types of accidents have been slowly decreasing over the years. Whatever the case, anyone who survives a helicopter crash might be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

How can an attorney help you after an aviation accident?

Aviation accidents can happen anywhere whether you’re taking a sightseeing trip on vacation or working on a military helicopter. These accidents can involve serious injuries and fatalities. If you’ve survived a helicopter crash, an attorney may be able to help you put your life back together. An attorney might help you reach a settlement that fairly compensates you for your injuries, emotional damages and potential loss of loved ones.