Month: January 2020

Kobe crash

What is the Legal Procedure after a Fatal Helicopter Crash?

A Tragic Period for Families

In the aftermath of a terrible air crash, there is often too much for a family to comprehend. There are burial costs, potential injuries, and the loss of a beloved member of the family. All of these factors combined make this the worst period of a person’s life. As a result, such a tragedy requires significant legal aid.

We don’t have all of the answers on a case like the tragedy in California today. The NTSB and Kobe Bryant’s family will need time to grieve and learn more about what happened. For most of us, we are all in shock. As the grieving turns into understanding, we should all recognize some of the common factors in helicopter crash aftermaths.

Understanding Common Factors

  • Often the federal government gets involved. Already, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal crash. Due to the serious nature of such crashes, the NTSB often investigates the causes of such accidents. In the coming months, the NTSB reports to the public their findings.
  • The cause is not always simple. In some cases, pilot error or weather conditions explain the cause of the crash easily. In other cases, extensive research is necessary. Furthermore, there could be a combination of factors. In some cases, manufacturing errors may have caused the crash. This often opens up the helicopter maker up for legal action– sometimes civil and sometimes criminal.
  • Liability is often split. It’s rare that just one person or company holds all of the legal fault. In many cases, a variety of factors combined to create the issue. Poor maintenance combined with the weather may be one such case. Regardless, our firm researches the cause of the crash and will update our readers.
  • Legal Ramifications in Helicopter Crashes

    The Kobe Bryant Case a Tragedy

    Today has been a major tragedy on many levels. Not only has the basketball world lost one of the best of all time, but we’ve all lost something. A wife lost a husband and a daughter. In addition, the families of the other passengers received the worst news of their lives. For all of us, it’s a moment to pause and reflect.

    Even some of the greats, from presidents to sports stars to more are grieving:

    The cause and effects of helicopter crashes are often quite complex. Over the years, our law firm studied a number of major transportation disasters. Secondly, this is especially difficult for aerial accidents of all types. Because of the size and complexity of a helicopter, there is a unique risk in using them. This is doubly so through the smoke of wildfires or in a densely populated area like Los Angeles.

    What we discovered through our research, case precedent, and examples is often difficult for families. Due to the relative height of helicopters, there is a sharply increased chance of serious injury or death. The cost of high medical bills or even funeral expenses are often more than the average family can bear.

    In addition, there are often two different causes for such helicopter crashes:

  • Internal issues. This can include a lack of maintenance, factory defaults, pilot error, and other similar factors.
  • External issues. This often includes factors such as weather or a collision.
  • The NTSB is investigating the devastating crash and we will give them time to release their findings. However, as we learn more we will post here. For more info on helicopter crashes and their effects, keep reading here or contact us at info@ehlinelaw.com.


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