Las Vegas is known for beautiful site seeing helicopter rides. Every week, several trips over the Grand Canyon and over Las Vegas itself occur, and when something goes wrong, the results are usually disastrous. Because of the nature of these accidents, passengers usually suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
“The terrain surrounding Las Vegas is extremely, extremely treacherous,” said Lawrence J. Smith, a partner of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith.
Because of the dangerous terrain and the fact that unlike airplanes helicopters don’t glide, if something goes wrong and a helicopter quits flying, the results are not good.
According to Mr. Smith, there are strict rules that govern how often these helicopters must be inspected and how and when they should be worked on. If a breach of the protocols occur and someone fails to do aproper inspection or fails to properly fix a helicopter, lives could be at stake.
“A simple pin can result in the loss of life for everybody that’s on that helicopter,” said Mr. Smith. “Just because someone didn’t follow the instructions in the book.”
This is a very specialized area of law. People that are injured in and those whose family members are killed in helicopter crashes will benefit from working with an attorney who is experienced in these specific types of claims. The attorney must understand the laws governing helicopter safety and must know what the pilot, the site seeing company and the maintenance company should have been doing.
The attorney must also have the financial strength to hire the right experts to conduct a thorough investigation to determine what happened and why. In these cases, several parties can be held accountable.