Owner Liability For Injuries Caused by Drones
The popularity of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones as they are commonly called, has exploded in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in recent years. The Federal Aviation Administration has registered 670,000 of them so far and expects up to 7 million of them to be sold for recreational and commercial uses by 2020. As the number of drones being flown increases, the injuries caused by them crashing into people or coming into contact with the blades that propel them raises legal issues about the liability of drone owners.
Changes Brought About by Drones
Remote controlled model airplanes and helicopters have always been popular with hobbyists, but the sale of drones has increased the number of devices in the skies to the point where government regulations were implemented imposing rules for their use. For example, FAA rules for recreational users include the following:
- Owners must be at least 13 years of age
- Drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 lbs. must be registered
- Owners must have the device in sight at all times
Operators of drones used for commercial purposes must pass an FAA examination to be certified before flying them.
Drone Accidents and Injuries
The weight and speed of a drone crashing into you can cause serious injuries. All it takes for an owner to lose control over a drone is an interruption in the signal between the controller and the device.
If someone is injured by an out of control drone, determining liability can be difficult. Loss of control over the drone can be caused by a number of factors, including the negligent conduct of the owner or a technical issue with the drone caused by its design, the materials used or the way in which it was manufactured.
An Attorney Familiar With Drone Injuries Can Help
Your right to compensation for the injuries suffered from being struck or coming into contact with a drone depends on determining the cause of the accident. The personal injury attorneys at the Charles Law Offices in Allentown have the knowledge and experience to vigorously pursue your claim.