If you have been injured by a drone, quadcopter, or other unmanned aerial vehicle, contact a drone accident injury lawyer today for a free, confidential consultation. A drone accident can leave any unsuspecting victim seriously injured. Remember, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Quadcopters have crashed all over the place. One even crashed on the White House grounds. Nobody was hurt, but it did put the building and grounds on lockdown. They’re not harmless little devices though. Even a light quadcopter weighs over two pounds, and from 400 feet up, an unsuspecting person can get seriously injured or killed if he or she gets hit by one that falls from the sky.
The blades also cause serious injuries. For example, a DJI Phantom 3’s propellers can twirl around at 9,000 RPMs – these $700 aerial vehicles are like flying blenders. In fact, a 19-year-old New York man was killed by his own quadcopter when he lost control of it while he was stunt flying it.
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He was hit in the head by it and suffered a partial decapitation. In Richmond, one dropped out of the sky at the Virginia Motorsports Park and injured four to five people, one of which was hospitalized. Current FAA guidelines tell pilots not to fly over people, but some still do it, especially if they have lost control of their drone or the drone is returning to home on a flight path that it chose when the battery became low.
Drone accidents can happen at any time, no matter how skilled or qualified drone operators may be. Flying drones, or any other unmanned aircraft systems, come with serious risk. If you’ve been hurt, seek medical attention, then file a drone injury claim right away.
Drone Injury Liability
As quadcopters become more popular with the general public, these types of accidents are only going to become more common. In the arena of personal injury law, an operator of a quadcopter who loses control of it can be a viable defendant. So can the manufacturer. If the operator blames the crash on malfunction, the manufacturer might be brought into a lawsuit through a third party action.
Although the issue of loss of control is ultimately up to a judge and jury, it’s no different than losing control of your car and hitting somebody under perfect road and weather conditions. That happens every day. After all, we all know that what goes up must come down. With a quadcopter, it’s just a question of what made it come down.
Was the Operator Insured?
Homeowners insurance might cover a quadcopter injury to a third party, but if quadcopters or similar unmanned aerial vehicles haven’t been excluded from coverage already, expect them to be soon. Specific liability insurance would be highly recommended for any operator.
Causes of Crashes
Any number of factors can cause or contribute to a quadcopter crash. Those might include:
- User error
- High winds
- Battery failure
- Defective parts
Depending on the injuries claimed by the victim of a quadcopter crash, specific damages can be sought. If you file a drone accident case, you can seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills and rehabilitation for your drone injuries
- Past and future lost earnings (often referred to as “lost wages”)
- Any permanent scarring, such as from a head injury due to the long, sharp blades of the drone
- Any permanent disability, such as from eye injuries
- Pain and suffering from experiencing the drone crash injury
- Loss of a normal life, whether due to injuries or the trauma from the experience
- Funeral and burial costs in the event of a fatality
If you’ve been injured by a quadcopter or a drone, contact us right away for a free consultation and case evaluation. Drone crashes can leave a serious impact on your life, your physical wellbeing, and your emotions. The sooner you contact a personal injury attorney and file an injury claim, the sooner you can get justice for what you’ve suffered.
What Should I Do After Getting Into a Drone Accident?
Immediately following a drone accident, as with any other accident, you should seek medical attention right away. It’s of the utmost importance that you ensure you’re physically safe and well. Medical reports are integral to the strength of your drone accident case, so getting medical attention right away is key to having your injuries properly documented.
Your insurance company will need this information as well. When it comes time to seek compensation for your medical bills and medical expenses in the form of a settlement, you’ll be glad you got medical reports filled out promptly.
Next, call law enforcement and have a police report filed. A police report is another important document that will become useful evidence in your drone accident case. Just like with a standard car or truck accident, drone pilots are required to comply with law enforcement, so be sure to get the drone pilot’s contact information as well.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drone Accidents
Can Drone Owners Be Held Liable for Their Drone Crashing Into My Body or Personal Property?
Yes. Just like with any other accident case, drone owners can be held and will be held responsible for any damage they cause due to their carelessness, negligence or recklessness while operating the drone. Drone users owe a duty of care to others, just like drivers and pedestrians on the road, so if a drone hit you, you have every right to seek compensation for what you have suffered.
How Can a Drone Accident Injury Lawyer Help Me After a Drone Crash Injury?
When drone accident injuries occur, someone needs to be held responsible for the damage. Drone laws can be complex, and the drone owner will likely try to evade responsibility and liability for the accident. But if you, or someone you love, was affected by the negligent operation of a drone, you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical bills out of pocket. This is where an injury lawyer can step in and help.
A drone accident lawyer can compile and assess important evidence and documentation from the crime, in order to demonstrate before a judge that the drone injury was the result of someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence.
If your case goes to court, you can rest assured that your drone accident lawyer will defend what you’ve suffered before a judge, and will stop at nothing to earn you the compensation you deserve for the accident.
How Should I Choose a Drone Injury Lawyer?
You need to work with a drone injury lawyer who has experience with commercial drones, any type of manned aircraft, and recreational drones as well. On top of having experience with most drone accidents, you need to choose a personal injury attorney who has a strong attorney client relationship, who will stop at nothing to take the legal action necessary for you to recover. At Steers and Associates, our lawyers are just that.
We take the time to assess your property damage, medical expenses and medical reports, as well as the injuries caused, in order to build a strong case for your defense that earns you the settlement you deserve.
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At Steers and Associates, we offer a free consultation to anyone who suffered a drone accident injury in California.