Helicopter accidents are one of the most dangerous kinds of aviation accidents, occurring at a more frequent rate than airplane disasters. Helicopters crash ninety times more frequently than airplanes and have a much higher fatality rate. However, because airplane travel is much more common than helicopter travel, there are typically fewer helicopter fatalities each year than airplane fatalities.
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Helicopters are a very convenient way to travel in
areas where ground transportation is troublesome. There
are many ways the convenience of helicopters work to
our advantage. Many hospitals use helicopters to transport
victims of critical injuries in a quick and timely fashion
in all sorts of weather. Another popular way helicopters
are employed involve sightseeing tours. Many sightseeing
tours in major cities and tourist areas are given by
helicopters because they can maneuver better than any
other kind of aircraft in low altitudes.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported
in their preliminary 2002 statistics that approximately
1,700 accidents involving helicopters resulted in over
570 fatalities. The report also sites 1,800 civil aviation
accidents, of which 609 were fatalities many of which
needed a helicopter lawyer to sort out the resulting
There are as many ways helicopter accidents can occur as there are causes
for these kinds of accidents. Several of the most frequent causes include:
- Engine Failure
- Pilot Negligence & Error
- Helicopter Design Problems
- Problematic Weather
- Air Traffic
- Aircraft Violations
Aviation accidents can be traumatic and stressful, but dealing
with a good aviation accident lawyer who has experience with this particular
area of law can help reduce the negative impact of the accident on your
life and the lives of your family members.
If you or anyone you know has lost a loved one or experienced
substantial financial losses due to a helicopter accident, please contact
our aviation attorneys. We can help.