What Happens If I’m Hit by a Drone?

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 11:11am by

iStock_000009988691_Large (1)They’re all the rage these days, but getting hit by a drone would likely cause a different kind of rage. Most drones weigh in at an average of 2.5 pounds. That may not seem like much, but a 2.5-pound drone falling from 400 feet, a height easily reached by a majority of drones today, would hit the ground with about 1000 pounds of force.

To put that into perspective, Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey with a kick to the head equaling about 50 pounds of force. Think about that for minute.

What Would Happen If I Were Hit by a Drone?

The amount of force created by a drone falling out of the sky could cause catastrophic damage. Fortunately, there haven’t been many life-threatening cases as of yet, but the drone phenomenon is relatively new. As more and more people start buying the remote flying devices, which can be purchased easily on sites such as Amazon for as little as $50, the more likely a drone accident is to occur.

So many questions are raised regarding liability in drone crashes now, a problem that will have to be addressed more clearly soon. Officials will have to implement more regulations to promote safety and prevent injuries. They need to do it sooner rather than later to get ahead of the rapidly increasing popularity of drones.

If you were injured in a drone crash, the liability would probably fall on its operator. The operator has a responsibility to ensure the safety of those around him. If they are acting negligently, such as using the drone in a way not intended or general recklessness, they could be vulnerable to a personal injury lawsuit.

Similarly, the manufacturers of the drone could also be at fault if there are any manufacturing or design defects. Manufacturers could be held liable for damages, such as medical expenses, if the defective drone causes injury.

What Can I Do If I’m Hurt in a Drone Crash?

Filing a lawsuit against negligent parties for a personal injury is the best way to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages, maybe even punitive damages. Operators and manufacturers have a duty to keep everyone safe, or else they shouldn’t be doing anything at all.


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