Last week, former [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] drummer [artist id="1526529"]Travis Barker[/artist] filed a lawsuit against Bombardier Inc., a Canadian Aerospace conglomerate and makers of the Learjet that crashed in South Carolina in September, leaving him and [artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist] with second- and third-degree burns. The suit also names Clay Lacy Aviation, a jet-charter company; and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and seeks monetary damages stemming from the crash that killed four others.
Now, Barker’s speaking out about the suit, and about why he filed it, according to E! Online.
“I wouldn’t have been in the state I was in if I wasn’t in the crash,” said Barker, who blames the pilots and defective equipment for the accident. “You know, I wouldn’t have third-degree burns all over my body or be prohibited to do certain things. I can’t go swimming; I can’t do some of the things that normal people can do. I didn’t ask for that to happen.”
Barker said he’s optimistic about the suit, and said he feels he has a strong case — one he thinks he can win.
“If something goes wrong that’s not supposed to go wrong or you fall victim of it, I think you should be compensated,” he explained, adding that the monetary award could never replace what he lost in the accident.
“I lost two friends,” he said, referring to his assistant, Chris Baker , and security guard, Charles Still. “Nothing can bring them back or what I lost in the accident.”
Barker is the only person connected to the deadly crash who has filed civil action. It is unknown whether DJ AM might follow suit, but Barker said he personally wasn’t aware of AM’s plans.
“I can’t speak for him,” he said. “I think everyone just has different attorneys.”