Helicopter accident lawyers recommend safety first
When it comes to riding in a helicopter, many adventurers want the experience. Helicopter tours can offer some of the most beautiful views a person can experience, and for some people, that risk is worth it. Should a traveler decide to take the risk of boarding a helicopter to sightsee a new and exciting place from above, there are several important things they must know and several rules they must abide by in order to remain safe at all times while aboard.
Accident lawyers see the tragic outcome of those who don’t heed safety warnings every day, and offer these basic tips to keep those who are planning a helicopter trip safe:
- Listen to the pilot! Before takeoff the pilot will brief everyone aboard the helicopter about rules and flight policies specific to the carrier. There will be specific rules about when passengers may enter and exit the aircraft, and when passengers must remain seated. All of these policies are in place for a reason: safety! Ignoring these policies or interrupting the pilot while he or she is explaining important safety measures could put everyone on the aircraft at-risk.
- Do not approach. The only time passengers should attempt to approach the helicopter is after permission is given by the pilot and/or flight crew. Safety tip: always approach a helicopter from the front, so the pilot has a clear view of you and your party. Approaching the front of the aircraft at an angle gives the pilot the best view of what’s around him or her.
- Mind the rotors. Once the rotors are already turning, or have been set in motion to begin turning, always approach the craft with caution. Should passengers need to approach the helicopter when it’s at ground level, they should walk toward the craft at a “low crouch” to allow the most space possible between limbs and rotors. Heeding this safety tip could prevent catastrophic amputation accidents.
- Secure personal belongings. Any personal items such as hats, ties, or loose jewelry should properly secured (or taken off) before approaching a helicopter. Chasing after an item that has blown away could result in serious and life-threatening injuries.
- Put the cigarette out! Never smoke within 50 feet of a helicopter.