Travis Barker Suing After Plane Crash

Drummer Travis Barker of Plus 44 and formerly Blink-182 is suing for damages received during a plane crash on September 19, 2008.

logo
Ultimate Guitar
0

Drummer Travis Barker of Plus 44 and formerly Blink-182 is suing for damages received during a plane crash on September 19, 2008 which left four dead and two critically injured (Barker and and DJ Adam Goldstein aka DJ AM).

Barker is suing the owners of the plane, Global Exec Aviation, as well as Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Bombardier Inc (the maintenance company), and the charter firms that brokered the flight, Clay Lacy Aviation Inc. and Inter Travel and Services Inc.

He is joined by Thelma Martin Still, who is the mother of Barker's bodyguard, Charles Monroe Still Jr. They claim that the plane was defective and that the pilots were poorly trained and should have tried taking off rather than proceeding down the runway.

Travis is suing for damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings, and medical and legal expenses while Thelma is suing for grief and sorrow, funeral expenses and loss of earnings.

Travis is expected to make a full recovery after the crash left him badly burned all across his body. He's reported that he's already back in the studio and that getting back behind the drums was "like riding a bike".

Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

Trending stories

148 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    IrishDude
    Not a fan of his at all, but by all means id agree with his actions and hope he gets a good scoop of money.. Wouldn't wish that upon anybody
    bassninja
    Anyone else notice the massive contradiction here? Fair enough for suing for medical/legal expenses and whatever. But for "loss of earnings" when he's aparently "already back in the studio and that getting back behind the drums was "like riding a bike". " Doesn't sound to me like its stopping him from doing his job at all. Loss of earnings = unable to do whatever it is you do for a living for an extended period of time.
    chickrawker
    joker_thief wrote: um didn't the pilots die as well? seems like its in bad taste. accidents happen all the time and this is no exception.
    exactly. just cause your famous and have money to do this just to get moremoney doesn't mean you should. but why would he listen to us? we dotn know anything, right?
    Rockstar729
    As much of a Travis Barker fan I am, I think it's honestly kinda retarded to sue. I mean, if I died, I wouldn't want anyone suing over it, unless it was something serious. I mean, not downplaying it or anything. But I thought initial reports said he was friends with the pilots or something, now he's saying they were undertrained?
    ampoverload
    sueing is stupid unles someone takes money from you or something. he should just be lucky to be alive and be thankful for what he has and not look for more easy money. sueing wont make everything better or go back in time and change what happened
    DirkLance
    Shabalaba wrote: Epic battle between Blink fans and Blink haters Either way he can sue because he can sue, if you could make a hell of a amount of money for basically nothing i guess you all would, hell i would
    Dude, whatever, this has nothing to do with people liking bands or artists at all. I am for him doing this and some jerk above wanted to attribute my entire argument to being a "Blink fan boy." I barely listen to Blink, I could care less if they reunite, and I think +44 and AVA are not great bands either. This has to do with people's different views of the law, morality, views of life. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO with effing Blink 182. Look at the dude who posted above. TRAVIS BARKER FAN who doesn't support his decision. This isn't like when Metalheads defend the latest album of their favorite band. It's about personality and opinion.
    thedarkblues06
    korn_dawg wrote: thedarkblues06 wrote: Didn't he JUST GET OUT of a suit with Rockstar? Sheesh. So...you're saying that he shouldn't sue the companies that may be in large part responsible for the event that killed two of his friends and scarred him physically and maybe mentally because he used up his allotted number of court cases this year?
    No. I'm just asking a question. Geez. Good for him with the suit and all, but I seriously don't think he will meet the burden of proof.
    littleleo88
    umm... yeah. suing over a complete accident. where is the logic in that? what a tool. i'd be glad to be alive, let alone start thinking about suing everyone i can possibly connect to the aircraft company.
    riley714
    Lunartick wrote: Jonu wrote: When my girlfriend brakes up with me I will sue her for Pain and suffering... oh! Also for taking my beatles albums. Are you seriously comparing your girlfriend breaking up with you with suffering third degree burns and losing a best friend in a plane crash? Really? I can't believe people are criticizing him over this. I don't think anyone knows exactly how much he has, his health insurance situation, etc., and it doesn't even matter because he deserves to be compensated regardless. I don't even like Travis that much, but come on.
    shut up, he was joking.
    taintedgraph
    eeeuum hes sorta forget that the pilotes are dead aswell i think its a bit unsensitive on his par to include the statements about the pilotes, big fan dont get me wrong but , sorta uncalled for ..
    Turner.Metal
    thedarkblues06 : You know NOTHING about the law. So don't even post on what the LAW would do. If they were suitably trained and had logged appropriate hours, and an ACCIDENT happened...then the company is NOT at fault for wronging Barker. If the tire was found to be in good hour during pre-flight inspection, and an ACCIDENT happened...then Goodyear is NOT at fault for wronging Barker. This is why this lawsuit is frivolous, and this is why he's being a bitch. It was AN ACCIDENT, I feel bad for the guy, I do...but last accident I was involved in and was in flames (car accident), I didn't SUE the guy who hit me. His insurance paid all my medical expenses. Life is pain...and no lawsuit can make that any better.
    Hmm you think i know nothing about law eh?? Did u read the whole article?? Heres the quote of the grounds that Travis and his bodyguards mom are sueing based on
    They claim that the plane was defective and that the pilots were poorly trained and should have tried taking off rather than proceeding down the runway.
    So based on that quote, which is in fact what my prior comment was going on, the claim the plane was defective. This would be why the major companys are involved. And secondly they said that they think the pilots were incompetently trained. Now i would gather that what they might be implying is that the pilots hadnt recieved the proper training etc. whatever is required to fly a plane. If that is the case then i do believe i would be RIGHT in saying that the company's who put the pilots in the plane were in fact being negligent and that they do owe Travis and his bodyguards mother some compensation. So just to rip your comment apart. Im goin based on the facts of what the article says in the quote of what Barker believes to be the problem. He and the bodyguards mother believe "that the plane was defective". While it is unknown as to whether or not this is actually a fact, it is in the article and thats what my prior comment was based on. Whether it was an accidental crash or not, the fact remains that if the plane was defective then there was negligence on behalf of a company at some point. Also the article says "the pilots were poorly trained" and again implicit in that is that the pilots were not qualified to be in the cockpit of that plane. Once again that is negligence on behalf of the company that allowed them to fly the plane. While none of Barker's and his bodyguards mothers claims can be guaranteed to be 100% true one thing is certain. I based my opinion on the quotes from the article and i do kno A GREAT DEAL about law (Canadian Law) as im in university studying it.
    Bunyip
    thedarkblues06 wrote: and that the pilots were poorly trained and should have tried taking off rather than proceeding down the runway. Umm...can you take off without proceeding down the runway? I dunno, something smells fishy about this suit, but I hope TB gets well, and doesn't use this lawsuit as an excuse to bitch.
    you do realise your making that judgement based on couple of paragraphs posted on a guitar tab site. great comment
    cj878
    Damn I cant sue the pilots because they're dead. I know I'll sue the company who trained them. This is so idiotic. They wrecked, the end, be lucky your dumbass self is even alive at all.
    Cobalt Blue
    I'd think him of all people is more likely suing for principal rather than money, I'm sure he's well off enough... how do you people know it was accidental? well clearly it was but it could have easily been poorly trained pilots or lack of up keep on the plane itself.
    lemmon182
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: loss of earrings? lame.
    it reads earnings tosser read the article
    goon316
    Sue the plane maintenence dept if the plane was faulty, otherwise shut the f up and realize you are damn lucky to be alive, 4 of your friends aren't.
    ShadesOfNight
    Circus wrote: People keep going on about him being in In Flames... I thought he was in Blink 182 and +44?
    dude, not ****ing appropriate. i just hope Travis dont turn into the next Lars Ulrich. Its fair enough suing over this, and all o' you ****s saying that accidents happen....yeh, course they ****ing to. but the majority of them, like this one, could be prevented, and werent so negligence is a fair grounds for suing. id do the same, and so would all of you so dont try to act hard like you wouldnt give a shit if you just got burned half to death
    randyaintdead82
    societysphantom wrote: RockInPeaceDime wrote: Accidents do happen. If the plane was faulty or the company assigned untrained pilots to the job, then fine. But if he's just suing to make up for "earnings lost" and "pain" it's a dick move. Agreed
    + a lot of #s, the greed must be from working with rappers or something
    Diablo1986
    I think people are forgetting that one half of suing is being compensated for pain, lost money, etc. while the other half is actual PUNISHMENT for putting that person in a dangerous situation. Yes, Travis Barker has money. Yes, he survived while others died. But maybe, just maybe, he's doing it as a punishment to the companies that failed to provide a safe environment in which to travel?
    jonesmnomes
    Instead of arguing over who is right or wrong, maybe we should take a moment to think about the people effected in the crash. None of us were even there, and calm down! its only the internet!
    Ricky4635
    Fuck, I hate it when people sue each other but, Travis accaulty has a reason to sue. I don't think he cares about the money. He has money. If it happened to me I would sue to make sure the same mistake happened to someone else. Doesn't also seem kinda wierd how he said they didn't try to take off they just kept on going. Almost seems as if someone wants him died. Probably not because that only happens in movies but, still. R.I.P. to thoughs who died in this crash.
    Vos
    I read in another article that he's only suing for $25,000 dollars and it was mostly on behalf of Ms. Still because she couldn't afford it herself or something along those lines. I just read that, not sure if it's true or not.
    korn_dawg
    thedarkblues06 wrote: Didn't he JUST GET OUT of a suit with Rockstar? Sheesh.
    So...you're saying that he shouldn't sue the companies that may be in large part responsible for the event that killed two of his friends and scarred him physically and maybe mentally because he used up his allotted number of court cases this year?
    Lunartick
    Jonu wrote: When my girlfriend brakes up with me I will sue her for Pain and suffering... oh! Also for taking my beatles albums.
    Are you seriously comparing your girlfriend breaking up with you with suffering third degree burns and losing a best friend in a plane crash? Really? I can't believe people are criticizing him over this. I don't think anyone knows exactly how much he has, his health insurance situation, etc., and it doesn't even matter because he deserves to be compensated regardless. I don't even like Travis that much, but come on.
    pinkhaze29
    Wow... these comments are full of phail. so because he's wealthy, he has no right to sue?
    CaptKelly
    for ****s sake Travis Barker is a ****. Shit happens, hes wasn't on the first and only plane to crash ever... just move through it and get on with your life.
    BigBrownBeaver
    What a bitch. really, "OMG a plane accident i thought that only happend to poor people GAWD" Like really flying is always dangerous. Its all luck off the draw.
    lounge act
    DirkLance wrote: You would do the same thing. So quit getting on your high horse, "He's a d-bag celebrity." This is America. Get over it.
    You're right, this is America, and we should get over it. God forbid that, if only for a second, we go against the greed that consumes our society today. How foolish we are!
    winterXsolstice
    merbermaniac123 wrote: Instead of suing what seems like everyone who's even seen a plane, why not give money to the families of the people who died? Obviously, he lived isn't that enough? Why sue when people who probably weren't rich or famous, died? It's a bad move.
    i figure hes going to give the winnings to the families, i hope so anyway.
    Shabalaba
    Epic battle between Blink fans and Blink haters Either way he can sue because he can sue, if you could make a hell of a amount of money for basically nothing i guess you all would, hell i would
    McShredder
    On one hand, no, he shouldn't be suing. Its not gonna make things right as he doesnt need the money. But i think TB's involvement is excellent for the bodyguard's mother. TB can evidently afford a far superior legal team and if he loses and has to pay court fee's, at least she isn't gonna be bankrupted. Those company's don't need the cash!
    layzejerze20006
    I like Travis Barker and his music, but I really don't think he has any reason to sue. Accidents happen. It was noones fault. He should just be happy he's alive and not cry to his lawyer.
    kornstar116
    tydhurst wrote: Why does he need the money? It seems a bit daft to sue since it won't make a dman ting better and will just amke him look a like the ***** he apparently is! (Course, Blink 182 fans will defend him coz he plays drums well. So he can't possibly be an *****!) I agree with the folks saying that he should give the money away, assuming he's not laughed out the court that is. I'm a bit sketchy n what happened, I knew he was in a a plane crash and didn't die and i've never heard of the DJ he was with. Is he gonna sue him too? claiming "loss of press coverage because he got some of the sympathy as well" Did anyone die, like. In the plane crash? Why is he suing the tyre company? THAT seems a bit odd, is he gonna sue Nescafe because that's what they were serving on the plane. Is he gonna sue the Birds nearby coz they were lookin' at him funny?
    he's suing the tire company because the tires are part of the reason the plane crashed. the plane never actually took off. not defending barker, just lettin you know
    Sirwinston89 wrote: If it was his limo that crashed, and his driver died, along with somebody inside, would he sue? No of course not. Did everyone in the 9/11 crashes sue the airlines? How about most other plane crashes?
    you sir winston are an idiot. why would you bring up 9/11 in comparison to this? my first point is that the 9/11 ATTACKS were acts of terrorism and the only people to blame were the terrorists responsible. we cant blame security being that this was completely unexpected. And my second point starts with a question. You do know that everyone in those hijacked planes died when they hit right? So even if there were things to sue over nobody but the families would do it and would most likely lose because once again my simple minded friend there was nothing to sue over. Do us all a favor, stay offline for a year or two, do some research and some careful thinking before you post something online for everyone to see next time.
    Jacob6293
    ah, here we go..... you can't blame anybody on an accident. that's why it's called an accident.
    cloud041089
    i think it's fine. oh hey, my body guard and two pilots died and i was burned half to death. but i'm rich so that's totally fine! nope... it's not gonna be like that. if the plane/tires werent defective and if the pilots were better trained, the crash wouldnt have happened. so something needed to be done. if i were travis i would give the winnings to charity or something.
    Anjohl
    I say take the sons a bitches to court..he is lucky to be alive, and if a bunch of MY friends died in a plane crash, and I suspected negligence, I would sue too.
    carcass_prowler
    bucketned : I'm from america and I do enjoy having a better life than most people. I'm spoiled beyond belief and I could care less. I volunteer for stuff but Im still spoiled so people whine at me I dont care oh and by the way today i threw away a bunch of perfectly good food it was funny
    hahahahaha i love you
    Kenny_NJ
    other passengers on the very plane were dead. you are a rockstar, and you had fairly good life, and you are still ALIVE. Don't you think that's enough? yet you are now suing? whom exactly are you suing Travis? the dead pilot and his grieving family? Don't you have any ****ing heart? I hate this guy. and I hate his crappy music.
    thecheat3224
    bucketned wrote: I'm from america and I do enjoy having a better life than most people. I'm spoiled beyond belief and I could care less. I volunteer for stuff but Im still spoiled so people whine at me I dont care oh and by the way today i threw away a bunch of perfectly good food it was funny
    win
    thecheat3224
    sorry if the above post is spam. anyway, i really don't see how you couldn't sue after an accident that could have been prevented occurs. i don't like blink 182, but why would you go as far as to say how stupid it is that he's suing after death and personal damages occurred? really, to the person who said they wouldn't sue, you have no idea if you wouldn't sue considering it hasn't happened to you. you can't make a concise opinion on something as big as this.
    ticklemeemo
    pratt121 wrote: Look. I hate Travis Barker, and I think Blink is one of the worst things to happen to music in a while, but he's right to sue. You're all making this out to be something personal, and it isn't: this is business. Barker paid the plane company for safe transit, and they didn't deliver. So Barker's lawyers are filing suit on his behalf. It's not like he was like "Hey, let's get em for all they're worth!" It's just the law. If you went to a restaurant and you ate a meal that gave you e. coli or something, you'd sue the restaurant. It's not because you think that the cook is an *****, it's not because you want to see them go under, it's because they gave you e.coli and now you're in the hospital and you can't work, can't make money, can't afford to pay the enormous bills you're racking up. This isn't some sort of frivolous suit. And it isn't like he jumped in front of a bus to win a lawsuit. He was in a freaking plain crash, for crying out loud, and it's his business. Once you get out of high school and live on your own, this decision will be a lot easier to make.
    I agree with you 100%, and to add, being burned isn't something that just hurts for a while and then goes away. If you have ever been to the Ronald McDonald house, or known anyone that has been burned severely, you know that it never goes away. You never lose the scars, children get teased for being disfigured, and the pain stays for a very long time. Travis Barker is well within his rights to sue.