Drones have become fairly inexpensive and can be operated by a novice pilot. But as they take to the skies, there is a significant danger that a drone could fall from the sky and crash into your property or even a member of your family. In August 2016, the Independent reported that a London woman who died in a car crash may be the first person to die due to the non-military use of drones.
Even the military, with experienced pilots and some of the best equipment in the world, has had more than 400 drone crashes in accidents since 2001. From these incidents, we know that human error, mechanical failure and bad weather can result in accidents. As more pilots and businesses launch drones to photograph events, deliver products and perform other tasks, it seems like only a matter of time that people or property will be injured and someone will seek compensation.
If you or a family member are injured in a drone accident, call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to an attorney at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt.
Negligent Operation: Most cases of drone injury will involve a lawsuit against the operator for intentional or negligent conduct in the pre-flight preparation or flight of the drone.
Commercial Operations Without a License: The Federal Aviation Administration requires privately operated drones for commercial purposes to comply with a number of safety measures, including remote pilot certification and not flying directly over people’s heads. If a business
Defective Products: If a drone crashes due to a product defect, the appropriate remedy for an injury could be a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
Defective Software: The accident could be the result not from the manufacturer’s device but from the use of various third-party drone apps that are available in the marketplace.
Premises Liability: If the drone is being flown on a property with the permission of the owner, the owner could also be responsible for injuries to guests on the property who are injured by a drone.
If you or a family member are injured by a drone, call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to an attorney at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt about seeking compensation for your injuries.