Sightseeing helicopters are popular tourist activities throughout the State of Florida as well as in many tourist destination areas in the United States. The last thing any person expects when they book a sightseeing tour on a helicopter is that they will be involved in an accident. Unfortunately, there are times when crashes involving these helicopters do occur. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our nationally recognized firm is here to help if you need a helicopter accident attorney. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate these cases, determine liability, and secure full compensation for injury victims or families of those killed in these incidents.



Tourist helicopter sightseeing tours tend to pop up in various locations in the State of Florida and elsewhere throughout the United States. Anytime a popular tourist destination is “in-season,” tourist helicopters can be seen buzzing around. This is particularly true for areas that have popular natural sites, such as beaches or mountains.

At Colson Hicks Eidson, our aviation accident attorneys understand how complex helicopter crash litigation can become. When helicopter accidents are investigated, it is often determined that the cause of the crash lies with a pilot error or owner/operator negligence. But, as with any product, there are also occasions where it is determined that a defect in the helicopter itself or improper maintenance by a maintenance facility caused or contributed to the accident. Some of the most common causes of helicopter crashes include the following:

  • Failure to maintain or service the helicopter
  • Negligent operation of the helicopter
  • Inadequate pilot training or experience
  • Heavy fog or inclement weather conditions
  • Manufacturer error or design defects in the helicopter
  • Other factors


There are, of course, differences between helicopter accidents and other types of aviation crashes. For example, the investigation of a helicopter accident scene and the helicopter wreckage itself may produce a great deal of information regarding the causes of the actual accident, sometimes more so than in a plane crash which may involve wreckage strewn over a much wider area or may involve much greater destruction of the evidence if the accident resulted in a crash from high altitude. Also, depending on the type of helicopter and its routing, there may be much less “black box”-type data that can be recovered and less communication with air traffic controllers. The attorney you work with to handle your helicopter accident case must understand the importance of forensics analysis of the incident and be fluent in the technical language of the aviation industry, particularly concerning helicopters.

Our attorneys are ready to represent victims of helicopter tour crashes and helicopter crashes more generally, including handling negligence claims against pilots, owners, or operators as well as product liability claims against multiple defendants. Some of the prominent manufacturers of helicopters, include the following:

  • Aerospatiale
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Hughes Helicopters
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Messerschmitt-Bolkow Blohm
  • Robinson Helicopters
  • Sikorsky

We are not afraid to take on well-funded corporations or insurance companies when we work to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions in tragic accidents.


Helicopters have higher accident rates than airplanes. This includes aviation accidents involving helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), which have a high rate of crashes. The latest accident statistics for HEMS found that over half of all these helicopter crashes were fatal.

Taking a helicopter tour of Miami or any vacation destination is a popular attraction for tourists and Florida residents alike. However, sightseeing helicopter tour accidents can be devastating when caused by the same defective design, improper maintenance, poor craftsmanship or manufacturer flaws are at fault for HEMS helicopter, helicopter accidents at work and other plane crashes.

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