On March 25, 2022, two people were killed in a helicopter crash in Rowlett, Texas. The helicopter, which has been identified as a Robinson R44, was headed west when it crashed into an empty parking lot located on the 2200 block of Lakeview Parkway. Video footage shows the helicopter spinning out of control and parts of the aircraft (like parts of the tail boom and its tail rotor) separating from the aircraft as it dropped.
After the helicopter hit the ground, it caught fire with both the pilot and a passenger trapped inside, according to police. The tail rotor that had been separated landed on a building nearby. Both the pilot and the passenger died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.
Although these incidents can be caused by pilot error, they can also happen due to defects present in the helicopter. In fact, the Robinson R44 is associated with the most fatal accidents.
Robinson Helicopter Co. is a company based in Southern California known as one of the most affordable companies for helicopter purchases. The R44 model is one of their leading models, but it is also one of the models that is most frequently seen in helicopter crashes.
Because of this, the company has faced countless lawsuits. If you or a member of your family suffered injuries in a Robinson R44 helicopter crash, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. Our helicopter crash injury lawyers are ready to evaluate your current situation and help you better understand your right to sue. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are ready to help you sue and recover the compensation that you are owed.
A Summary of Robinson R44 Crash History
Over 600 people have died in accidents involving Robinson R44 helicopters since 1982. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this is the highest rate of fatal accidents per hour. There is no doubt that many of these incidents are associated with inexperienced pilots – especially considering that this model is one of the most affordable models often used in training locations. However, it is also important to note that many of these incidents have also been associated with mechanical failures, including issues with the rotors or fuel tanks.
Past defects have included mast-bumping (when the rotor mast bumps against the housing/rotor) and issues with the fuel tanks (the aluminum housing of these fuel tanks exploding mid-flight). One would think that the company would take full responsibility for these defects and address them to ensure that their products remain safe. However, that is far from the truth.
The company actually refused to acknowledge the mast-bumping issue – claiming that it was a pilot problem rather than a design flaw. With regard to the fuel tanks, the company installed puncture-resistant tanks in all new models and offered retrofitting for older models, although at a price. When companies acknowledge a serious defect in their products, they normally offer to fix them or free. So although the company acknowledged the fuel tank defect, they didn’t really take full responsibility because they still charged for retrofitting.
Helicopter Crash Injuries
Helicopter crashes are, without a doubt, among the most devastating types of accidents – which more often than not lead to horrible injuries. Victims of helicopter crashes can suffer some of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (resulting in paralysis)
- Multiple broken bones
- Internal damage to organs (ruptured organs and punctured organs)
- Severed arms, legs, etc.
- Severe nerve damage (resulting in loss of function of limbs, for example)
- Severe burns
- Scarring and disfigurement
Unfortunately, helicopter accidents often result in fatal injuries. Although there have been some survivors of helicopter crashes, survivors are often left with critical injuries that require extensive medical care and are often disabling.
Regardless of the specific type of harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a helicopter crash, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. You could have grounds to sue for your injuries or for the wrongful death of a loved one.
Robinson’s Liability in Helicopter Crashes
Is Robinson Helicopter Co. liable for the harm resulting from crashes involving their R44 helicopters? Yes – if the incident was caused by a defect present in the helicopter, then the company could be held accountable. This is based on the concept of premise liability, which determines that companies have a duty to ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. If a defect in design, manufacturing, or labeling causes an incident, then the company could be liable for all resulting harm.
If you suffered injuries or a member of your family died in a helicopter crash, you could definitely file a lawsuit against Robinson Helicopter Co. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. Our helicopter crash product liability lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue and recover the compensation that you are owed.
Compensation for Product Liability Lawsuit – Robinson R44 Helicopter Crash
You could be eligible to recover compensation if your lawsuit is ultimately successful. What could you receive? Some of the categories of compensation that could be available for recovery include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
In the case of wrongful death, claimants can recover compensation for funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of financial support, etc.
For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you could recover, including the possible value of your claim, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. Our helicopter crash attorneys are ready to fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available. You can trust that our experts will not rest until you win.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they can lose their right to sue entirely. In general, personal injury claims and wrongful death claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This gives claimants only two years to file their lawsuit. Of course, certain exceptions could apply that could ultimately toll this deadline, although these will always be case-specific. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to file your helicopter crash injury lawsuit or your helicopter crash wrongful death claim, contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. We will help you file your claim on time.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Are you thinking about filing a lawsuit against Robinson Helicopter Co. for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in an accident involving a Robinson R44 helicopter? If so, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, we have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims and helping injured victims and their families recover the compensation that they are owed.
We offer free legal services – including free initial consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are looking to start or continue your claim with new representation, you can trust that our experts will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the guidance that you need to take action. To benefit from these legal services, contact us immediately.
We also offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that you will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency. This means that you will not be required to pay anything until after winning your lawsuit. If you do not win, you will not pay.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group today to speak to our lawyers for help with your R44 Robinson helicopter accident claim. Our experts are ready to help you.