What Happens If A Drone Crashes?

In the last couple of years, drones have taken off in popularity. While they haven't quite matched hoverboards in the ability to create fiery accidents that make headline news, they still have their dangers. Here's what you should know if you've been injured by a drone crashing into you.

Who is Responsible for a Drone Crash?

Under personal injury law, the person who causes an accident is responsible for providing compensation to those who were injured. In a drone accident, responsibility will depend on why the drone crashed.

If the drone crashed due to an equipment failure, the manufacturer will be responsible. Examples could include the controller not broadcasting instructions properly, the steering devices jamming, or the engine suddenly failing.

If the drone crashed due to operator error, the operator will be responsible. Operator error can fall into three categories.

First, the operator is responsible for making sure the drone is properly maintained by keeping it adequately charged and repairing broken parts that might affect its operation. Second, the operator is responsible for operating it safely and well away from people who may be hurt. Third, the operator must take reasonable steps to avoid natural hazards like wind gusts and flocks of birds.

How to Determine the Cause of a Drone Crash

If you're injured by a drone, it's a good idea to call the police. You'll want to take pictures of the drone, and the operator might not let you if police aren't there. Police will also be able to confirm the operator's identity and make an official record of it so that you can later find the operator if you decide to file a lawsuit.

Beyond that, you don't really need to turn into a sort of air crash investigator for drones. The fact that the drone crashed into you is going to be enough to establish liability. You can file a lawsuit against both the operator and the manufacturer at the same time. The only legal question would then be who pays.

What Compensation Are You Entitled To?

Drone crash injuries can be serious especially if you are struck by the rotating blades. You are entitled to be reimbursed for medical bills, lost time from work, and any disability you might have suffered.

If you've been injured by a crashing drone or were the pilot of a drone that crashed into someone, contact a local personal injury attorney today to schedule a consultation.