A helicopter crash that injured two Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers is suspected to have been due to mechanical issues, according to recent reports. The helicopter came down on a hard landing in a residential neighborhood, dodging power lines and homes as officers radioed in about possible mechanical issues. Fortunately, the officers were able to make the landing without injuring anyone else. Both occupants of the helicopter were taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
An initial investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that mechanical problems were suspected, but the exact nature of these issues has not yet been revealed. The helicopter is one of three in the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s fleet. The officers were en route to a battery call when the crash occurred. The pilot landed the helicopter on 23rd Street in front of a home.
Mechanical Failure May Mean Liability
When a vehicle or aircraft malfunctions and causes death, injury or damage, the manufacturer may be liable. This depends on the condition, maintenance record and age of the vehicle in question as well as whether the manufacturer ignored safety concerns or other issues in building the vehicle. In some cases, the manufacture of the vehicle itself is faulty, while in other cases various components or parts are to blame.
In order to show that a manufacturer is at fault for an accident that occurs in a vehicle or aircraft, several things must be evident. It must be clear that the vehicle or part contributed significantly to the accident and that there was damage or injury as a result. Further, it must be clear that the vehicle or part was being used in a manner for which it was intended. Significantly modifying a vehicle or a component from its normal use may change the outcome of a lawsuit. Finally, the manufacturer must have deliberately or negligently allowed the part or vehicle to be manufactured in a manner that rendered it unsafe.
What Can I Do If I Am The Victim of a Mechanical Failure Crash?
If you have been involved in an accident that was the result of a faulty vehicle, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. With years of product liability experience, these attorneys are ready to help you recover compensation for your injuries so that you can pay for medical care and other treatment you need. Call today for a free consultation.