At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A., in Cary, North Carolina, we represent people throughout the N.C. area who have had an unfortunate encounter with a negligent drone operator or a defective drone. While highly popular and commercially useful, drone usage has little to no regulations currently – allowing almost anyone at any time to operate them. If you or a loved one have been negatively affected or injured by the operation of a drone, our drone injury lawyers can help you decide how to proceed.
The U.S. military has been using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for years. In some situations, the drones were used for surveillance, photography and targeting terrorists. Due to the technology involved, drone usage for civilians has greatly increased for both personal and commercial use. Some use drones for entertainment, photography, real estate, commercial delivery and more.
Drone crashes and other drone-related legal issues are on the rise. Like most technology, drones and the operating of a drone can be unpredictable. Other factors affecting the increase: there is no training requirement, unexpected weather changes, drone defects, no licensing requirement and no inspection requirement to prevent malfunction, to name a few. Many of these devices can fly over 400 feet high and accelerate to speeds over 100 mph.
Drone operators are legally responsible for damages they may cause, whether it was done deliberately, accidentally or through negligence. Some legal responsibilities of drone operation and ownership:
Drones are often referred to as: quadcopters, quadcopter devices, UCV (unmanned civilian vehicles), remote-controlled flying devices and UAS (unmanned aviation systems). Regardless of the name, if they are involved in an injury or they cause personal property damage, you may have a claim for damages including:
While drones are not heavily regulated “yet,” there are pertinent guidelines that are readily accessible for North Carolina users:
We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your drone accident case and how we can help you maximize the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.