A Texas business man was killed last week when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in The Woodlands. He was piloting a two-seater helicopter that suddenly crashed on the top of a wooden fence in a private backyard. The pilot was the only victim of the crash. An eyewitness reported hearing the sound of metal scraping. He looked up and saw the helicopter losing control. The tail rotor started to disintegrate. The witness ran over to the helicopter after the crash, but could see that the man had died upon impact.
Unfortunately, crashes like this have become more common in recent years. Helicopters have become much more commonplace in a variety of public and private settings, such as for sightseeing, business travel, and transportation of patients. Helicopter crashes are still fairly rare, but the fatality rate is high. If a person does survive a helicopter crash, he or she is frequently left with catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, brain damage, or other very serious problems.
There can be a number of causes of helicopter crashes. Some include pilot error, bad weather, poor maintenance, defective parts, defective helicopter designs, or poor helicopter design. In many cases, the reason for the crash may be difficult to determine. Not all helicopters are required to keep a black box that records flight data.
After a helicopter crash, because injuries can be so severe, and the cause of the crash can be so difficult to determine, a lawsuit can be difficult. Helicopter accident victims may be entitled to compensation for damages relating to the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and more.
Because helicopter crash cases can be very complicated, it's critical that you hire a very experienced personal injury firm to help deal with those complex issues. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a helicopter crash in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. We will work hard on your behalf, and we will not get paid until we get a recovery for you. Call us today at 713-489-9493, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more.