Losing a loved one unexpectedly in an accident can be absolutely devastating. In the aftermath of these tragic losses, family members often want to know if there is anything that could have been done to prevent a fatal accident. If instances of negligence or reckless behavior are identified as factors in these accidents, it is possible for family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the appropriate party. It is true that no lawsuit or amount of money will be able to replace a loved one; however, holding the responsible party accountable for their actions can help family members get a sense of justice.
The family members of at least two people may be considering their legal options in the wake of a devastating helicopter crash that took the lives of two passengers and the pilot. The crash happened in California late one night during the production of a reality TV show. It was recently reported that the pilot in the crash had a history of violations and many people are wondering if the man should have ever been hired in the first place.
The pilot had been hired for the reality show and was flying in a hilly area in the middle of the night, even though visibility was very poor due to environmental conditions and the time of night. The helicopter crashed on a ranch in Los Angeles County. All those aboard were killed in the accident.
It was only after the crash that the pilot’s history of suspensions and reckless behavior was reported. Before this fatal accident, the pilot had had his license suspended two separate times. Once it was suspended for 30 days for reckless operation of a helicopter, and the second time his certificate was suspended for failing to stay in contact with air traffic controllers during a flight.
Whether the families of the victims will pursue legal action for their loss remains to be seen. As is often the case in similar accidents, there may be a number of parties that are responsible for the crash. In addition to the actions of the pilot, the hiring practices of his employer as well as the safety measures taken or disregarded by producers on the TV show may be scrutinized.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Helicopter pilot in film set crash faced prior enforcement action,” Richard Verrier, Feb. 19, 2013