A helicopter crash that claimed four lives in 2008 has become the subject of lawsuits filed by both the state of Maryland and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to a recent article in The Baltimore Sun.
In September 2008, a Medevac helicopter crashed in Maryland that was carrying two automobile accident victims and two emergency medical personnel. The accident claimed the lives of everyone aboard except one accident victim. The state of Maryland sued the federal government not long after, claiming that the FAA had caused the crash after its air traffic controllers failed to safely guide the helicopter’s pilot through the fog to Andrews Air Force Base. In response, however, the U.S. government has filed suit claiming that the crash was caused solely by the pilot, a Maryland state employee.
Determining who bears responsibility for a fatal helicopter accident matters a great deal to those left behind. Some common causes of helicopter crashes and other aircraft accidents include defective aircraft parts, poor aircraft maintenance, air traffic controller negligence, pilot error, and bad weather conditions.
Due to the unexpected nature of a helicopter crash, or any tragic accident that claims the lives of loved ones without warning, family members are not only left with grief, but can also be left to face the challenge of financial strain due to medical bills, funeral expenses, and other expenses. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, Maryland law gives you certain legal rights and options. The experienced Maryland accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will help you understand your legal rights and fight for the compensation you and your loved ones deserve from negligent parties. Call 800-301-7172 to set up a free and confidential case evaluation.