Not too long ago, a drone sighting was unusual. Now they seem to be everywhere. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that there are over seven million being used throughout the country recreationally and commercially.
Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — aren’t just expensive toys. Real estate agents use them to get comprehensive video footage of properties. They’re used to film weddings and other events, for security purposes and even to clean gutters.
They can get much lower than a small airplane. However, the people operating them may have little or no experience. A sudden change in the wind can throw a drone off course – especially if they’re being operated by a novice.
Why can drones be so dangerous?
Drones can (and do) crash into buildings, cars, homes and sometimes directly into people, causing serious damage and injuries. Drones can vary significantly in weight. Even lighter-weight ones can be damaging because of their propellors. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), “rogue drones can pose a significant threat to people and property.”
One study looked at the injuries people can suffer if they are struck in the head by a drone. The most common were cuts, lacerations and bruises. The blades can cause serious eye damage if the drone strikes someone in the face. Concussions are also possible.
Drone insurance can cover an owner for property damage, bodily injury and more. However, not every owner of a drone has insurance.
What can you do if you were injured by someone’s drone?
While “injury by drone” isn’t on most people’s list of most-feared accidents, but the results of such an accident can be devastating. If the owner doesn’t have insurance (and perhaps even if they do), it might be necessary to take legal action to get the compensation you need for medical bills and other expenses and damages.