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 to 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 severe nature of such collisions, the NTSB often investigates the causes of such accidents. In the coming months, the NTSB reports to the public their findings.
An NTSB board member said the agency is investigating the crash that took nine lives including Kobe Bryant.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 27, 2020
The team will consist of 18 people that will look to see if there’s a black box that can reveal more about why the helicopter crashed.https://t.co/V4W0PQh1JI
The cause is not always straightforward. In some cases, pilot error or weather conditions explain the purpose 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 usually gets split. Just one person or company rarely holds all of the legal faults.
In many cases, a variety of factors combined to create the issue. Inadequate maintenance, combined with the weather, maybe one such example. Regardless, our firm researches the cause of the crash and will update our readers.