Resolving Helicopter Accident Claims Throughout New York
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Helicopters are far more dangerous than commercial aircraft. Fatality statistics show the risks associated with helicopter rides — in 2012 alone, 174 people died in 83 civilian helicopter accidents. Some of these incidents occurred on charter flights while others happened on medical helicopters or helicopters run by tourist operations.
When a helicopter accident occurs, victims of the collision may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation from those responsible for the tragedy. Unfortunately, helicopter accidents frequently result in fatalities. Surviving family members of people who died in crashes can pursue a wrongful death claim to recover both for the loss of their loved one’s companionship as well as for economic losses.
New York Helicopter Regulations
Helicopters are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which issued a new final rule in 2014 that imposed stricter requirements on helicopter operators, including air ambulances. The FAA’s rule was prompted, in part, by the fact that the job of an EMS helicopter pilot ranked as the most dangerous career in America in 2008. In just that year alone, 12 air ambulances crashed and killed 29 crew members and patients.
Under the FAA’s new rules, helicopter operators must:
- Comply with stricter flight regulations and procedures
- Improve communications
- Undergo additional training
- Fly with additional on-board safety equipment
- Use enhanced procedures for when they are flying in bad weather, at night, or when landing in a remote location
- Incorporate the latest on-board technology and equipment within three years
- Equip aircraft with flight data monitoring systems within four years
- Some helicopters, including air ambulances, must have additional equipment
These new regulations impose more safety rules in an effort to protect passengers. It is the job of the helicopter operator and pilot to ensure that the risk of a collision for all parties involved. The operator, aircraft owner, or parts manufacturer can all be held legally liable if a crash occurs due to their negligence or violations.
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Helicopter crashes or accidents can be extremely difficult to investigate, especially without the proper training or legal insight. If you don’t know what to look for, proving negligence and liability can be nearly impossible. The good news is that The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has the skill and experience to help you investigate your own or a loved one’s helicopter crash to determine the cause and liable party. From there, we can begin to develop a strategic claim for maximum compensation on your behalf.
If you are an injury victim or have lost a loved one to a helicopter crash, do not hesitate to reach out to our New York City aviation accident attorneys at our firm. We serve clients throughout Manhattan, Queens, and the remaining boroughs.
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