Three people are dead after a helicopter crashed near Acton, California on Sunday morning. The accident occurred during filming for a Discovery reality show at the Polsa Rosa Ranch, a popular filming area near the Angeles National Forest.
The cause of the accident is yet unknown, though many are already questioning whether reality show filming and helicopter scenes are safe enough. This is the second accident of its kind in California. In 1982, actor Vic Morrow was killed, along with two children, in a helicopter crash just over 30 miles from the location of Sunday's crash.
Who Is Responsible for a Helicopter Accident?
Like many accident cases, responsibility for helicopter accidents is not immediately apparent. It takes time for investigators to do a thorough analysis of the accident and determine causation. In some cases, it will never be fully clear who was at fault. Potential at-fault parties include:
- The pilot
- The helicopter's owner or lessee
- The designer
- The operator of the helicopter pad or airfield
- The manufacturer of the helicopter
- Manufacturers of helicopter components
- The control tower operator
In the California helicopter case, the producer of the TV show and Discovery may also be held accountable for filming decisions they made that put the pilot and passengers at risk.
Determining fault is just one step of many that plaintiffs must take before they can recover compensation for their injuries or their loved one's death. An experienced helicopter accident attorney can help ensure that you take all of the steps necessary and that the right parties are held accountable for their negligence.
Learn more by visiting our pages on Los Angeles personal injury.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Fatal helicopter crash spurs concern over reality TV safety," Richard Verrier, Scott Collins, Feb. 12, 2013