If you have suffered injury or property damage because of a drone, get an experienced drone accident attorney on your side.
There’s no question – drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are really cool toys and useful professional tools. Some drones can reach speeds of 140 miles per hour and attain heights of over 5000 feet. But, as someone’s Uncle Ben once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.” A device that is capable of great feats is also capable of serious damage.
Because this is new and evolving technology, new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations governing drones are evolving constantly. This is why Shamieh Law’s drone accident attorney stays on top of the newest developments in aviation laws.
Who is Liable in a Drone Accident?
Liability in a drone accident depends on several factors. If a couple hires someone to take aerial photography of their wedding, and the UAV injures their guests, someone will ultimately be held responsible for their injuries. Hospitals will not accept “accidents happen” as a form of payment.
In the wedding scenario, or any premises accidents, facts must be uncovered before an insurance claim or lawsuit can be filed. First, was the drone operator booked by the venue or the couple themselves? Who was operating the drone? Who owned the drone? What caused the drone to fail?
As you can see, accidents with a UAV can get complex, so having an experienced drone accident attorney review your case will help uncover the answers.
What Damages Can Your Drone Accident Attorney Seek?
Damages in a drone accident are the same as any personal injury claim or property damage claim, if the drone hit you or your belongings. Your damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future income loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Disfigurement or permanent disability
- Psychological Trauma
- Spousal loss of consortium
- Value of property lost
Drones are currently regulated by the FAA. If a drone weighs more than .55 pounds but less than 55 pounds, it must be registered with the FAA. Lightweight drone toys that cost less than $100 do not have to be registered, UNLESS they are equipped with a camera.
Registering a drone costs only $5 for three years. You can visit RegisterMyUAS.faa.gov to register your drone device. Note that you must be at least 13 years old and provide your full name, physical and mailing address and an e-mail address. The FAA will then send you a certificate of registration. If a law enforcement office requests this certificate and you do not have it, you face possible criminal penalties of as many as three years in jail or as much as a $250,000 fine.