Transport Helicopter Crashes
Because helicopters have great maneuverability, oil companies and specifically the offshore oil industry, commonly use them for moving workers and machinery back and forth to offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico more quickly than using boats. As a result of this, helicopter transport is very common for offshore oilfield workers. As expected, helicopter crashes involving oilfield workers are also much more common that most people know. When a helicopter crashes, the result can be devastating injuries, or even death.
Helicopters are very agile machines, but they’re also complicated to design, build and maintain, and they are very difficult to fly. The complexity of design makes it more possible that a component might fail, and the difficulty in flying them makes crashes more possible, as well. When an accident involving a helicopter occurs, it is important to determine what was the cause of the accident. Effectively establishing the cause of an oilfield transport helicopter accident, even in situations where the helicopter is irretrievable, requires a thorough investigation by experienced aviation experts and aviation injury attorneys.
As is the case with all helicopters, oilfield transport helicopters must follow the safety regulations set out in the Federal Aviation Administration standards. These regulations require that companies and organizations that fly oilfield transport helicopters maintain a high standard of safety in maintenance and pilot training and hiring. Unfortunately, some companies and/or pilots fail to follow safety regulations leading to terrible disasters.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, such accidents may be covered under Occupational Safety and Health regulations, Federal Aviation Regulations or quite possibly maritime regulations. Each of these regulatory bodies has different requirements for proving negligence, so you need an attorney on your side who can navigate the terrain, and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know was injured or killed as the result of an accident involving a oilfield transport helicopter, immediately contact the Hill Law Firm for a free confidential legal consultation. It is extremely important to do this quickly to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted, evidence is preserved, statements are taken, and the rights of all claimants are protected.