A helicopter crash into an Orlando home caused a huge fire and killed one person, according to recent reports. The helicopter crashed into an empty apartment above a garage, leaving at least one person dead. The victim has not been identified. A man who was in the main part of the home at the time of the accident was not injured, according to police. It is unclear how many people were in the helicopter at the time. An investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
Air Travel and Liability
Airplanes and helicopters are fast and convenient forms of travel, and for the most part they are very safe. However, when a crash does occur, there is often loss of life or serious injury. While only half of all car accidents result in any degree of injury to passengers, almost all air travel accidents result in some type of injury. Most result in death.
This means that modes of travel that rely on flight have a higher duty of care than those on the ground. In other words, those who manufacture airplanes and helicopters must be even more careful to ensure that their products are safe than companies that manufacture passenger cars or trucks. Pilots must ensure that they take extra care to examine their craft before they take off and must be constantly alert while in flight. Pilots must also take many hours of training before they are qualified to fly a helicopter or airplane.
Despite the fact that most pilots are very professional, careful flyers and most airplane and helicopter manufacturers are diligent to ensure the safety of their craft, there are still mistakes. Aircraft may be poorly manufactured or serviced, and pilots may be unqualified or inattentive to their duties. When this occurs, the loss of life can be significant.
What Can I Do If I Have Been The Victim of An Airplane or Helicopter Crash?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to pilot error or a manufacturing defect in an aircraft, you may have certain rights to collect compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney such as those at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami may be able to help.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your case. Our attorneys are ready to work with you to ensure that you collect the compensation you deserve for your losses.