Helicopter tours are a vacation staple for the adventurous sightseer. For many people, skimming treetops and flying through narrow canyons are at the top of their bucket list. However, riding in a helicopter also comes with risk. If your tour helicopter crashed due to negligence and you suffered catastrophic injuries, you may have grounds for a claim.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, air charter organizations require advanced pilot training and certifications. Helicopters also have strict maintenance procedures and operational safety rules. Due to the number of parties that may be liable, determining fault can be a complex process.
Causes of helicopter crashes
Several factors might affect a helicopter’s performance, resulting in a crash. Common causes of helicopter crashes include the following:
- Pilot distraction
- Poor weather conditions such as fog, wind and rain
- Manufacturer defects
- Pilot error, such as inadequate pre-flight procedures or inability to respond to unexpected conditions
- Lack of training
- Defective parts
The design, flight plan, and traffic volume might also play a role in a crash. Investigators from federal and state agencies determine whether all parties involved complied with regulations.
Injuries associated with helicopter crashes
Survivors of a helicopter crash typically have devastating, life-altering injuries. Skull fractures, burns and lacerations, spinal cord injuries, damage to internal organs and traumatic brain injuries are common. The recovery process for such severe injuries can take years, leaving physical and emotional scars.
The damage caused by your injuries may also impact your family and qualify of life. You might have permanent disabilities that require expensive around-the-clock care. Compensation from a settlement may help you pay for damages that include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering.