Legal Complexities of Offshore Helicopter Accidents
Helicopter accidents are widely used to transport maritime workers to and from offshore platforms and for emergency and medical evacuations. Their maneuverability, speed, and ability to land on small platforms make them the most efficient method of transportation. However, being the most efficient does not necessarily mean the safest as well.
Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Most offshore helicopter accidents occur for one of three reasons:
- Poor weather conditions
- Pilot error
- Mechanical failure
Turbulence, wind speed, fog, and rain all have drastic impacts on the pilot’s sight visibility and ability to maneuver the helicopter. Pilot error has been named as at least a partial cause of nearly half of all helicopter accidents. Mechanical errors such as a loss of engine power have contributed to almost a third of helicopter accidents that result in fatalities.
Offshore Helicopter Accidents Can Be Complex
In terms of the law, offshore helicopter accidents are particularly complex. In addition to potential challenges in recovering wreckage to be used as evidence, offshore helicopter accidents can potentially fall under several different federal and/or state laws and regulations.
Depending on a variety of factors, the following may be applicable to an offshore helicopter accident:
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- State Law
Additionally, helicopter accidents can have a large number of parties that may potentially be liable for the accident. Those parties can include, but may not be limited to the:
- Helicopter owner and/or operator
- Maintenance company
- Component manufacturer
Hiring the Right Attorney
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an offshore helicopter accident, the most important thing you can do is hire an attorney that has experience litigating these types of cases. Having complete knowledge of all the potentially applicable laws and liable parties is absolutely necessary to provide you with the legal representation you deserve.
Arnold & Itkin has a proven track record of recovering successful verdicts and settlements for clients who were injured in offshore helicopter accidents.
Contact our offshore helicopter accident attorneys today for a free consultation about your case.