Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (or UAVs), are regulated under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which requires certain certifications, permits and waivers for drones to fly over crowds, up to certain altitudes, at night, out of an operator's line of sight and more.
These parameters are meant to help operators avoid drone collisions and crashes. But, for inexperienced hobbyists, accidents can happen easily - especially for those who do not comply with FAA regulations.
Are drones dangerous?
With almost any shape, size, or configuration of drone available on the market, injuries resulting from a drone accident could be minor or deadly.
Examples of injuries that have resulted from drone crashes include:
It can also be easy for drone accidents to result in property damage.
Is a drone operator liable for damages caused to me or my property?
If you have been injured by a drone, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation from the owner or operator if the operator has been negligent in complying with FAA rules or if the operator has made a piloting error. The operator may also face FAA regulatory fines.
Is there personal injury insurance for flying a drone?
Insurance for drones is still a relatively new concept. However, for those who will be flying often, drone liability insurance may be an option. This insurance may protect against certain personal injuries caused by a drone in some circumstances.
What should I do if a drone hurts someone or damages my property?
- Call the authorities. Law enforcement personnel will contact the FAA if the crash requires FAA investigation
- Collect the following information:
- Identification of operator
- Contact information for the operator
- Details of operator's relevant licenses
- Operator's liability insurance policy (if applicable)
- Drone model
- Seek medical attention-take notes of the injuries and diagnosis.
- Take pictures of the scene and your injuries
- Contact a personal injury attorney
What should I do if I see someone flying a drone dangerously?
Operators flying drones in an irresponsible manner could face civil fines or criminal action. If you see someone flying a drone recklessly, call the police to help prevent an accident from happening.
Contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about how you can protect your rights if you or a loved one are injured by a negligent party.