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

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