In previous blogs, we have discussed drones and the issues they introduce
when it comes to accidents and injuries. With drones now widely available
to consumers, and many companies considering drones for use in product
delivery, it is inevitable that drone accidents will increase. Unfortunately,
laws regarding the safe operation of drones and the rights of victims
harmed in drone accidents have been sluggish in catching up to the new
technology and legal issues involved.
Although there are gray areas in the regulation of drones and limited case
law involving drone accidents, these cases can be effectively handled
with the assistance of proven attorneys like those at Biren Law Group.
Our lawyers leverage their decades of combined experience to navigate
the unique issues inherent to drone accident cases, and focus on applying
their knowledge of personal injury law to new types of accidents involving
As negligence is at the core of any personal injury lawsuit, it becomes
important to focus on who was responsible for acting with reasonable care,
and how that individual or entity failed to uphold their legal duty. Determining
who can be held at fault for negligence in a drone accident will depend
on the underlying cause, which may involve:
Operator negligence – Drones, and especially most available consumer-grade drones, are
operated by individuals. These individuals have a legal obligation to
operate drones with reasonable care. When they fail to do so - whether
by operating drones too close to people, in a reckless manner, or in any
other negligent way - they can be held liable when they injure innocent victims.
Product liability – Drone manufacturers have a legal duty to ensure the safety of
their products when use as intended. When defects during the design of
a drone or its various features make them inherently unsafe, manufacturers
can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages. They can also be
held liable for manufacturing defects (poor workmanship, inadequate safety
testing, or poor quality materials, etc.) and for failures to provide
proper instructions or warnings. Victims harmed by defective products
may pursue compensation by filing
product liability claims against manufacturers, or distributors and retailers in certain cases.
Premises liability – Drones are being used commercially for a variety of purposes, including
commercial photo and video production. In a previous
blog post, we discussed one particular case where a lawsuit was filed by drone accident
victims against the drone operator
and an event management company that oversaw a wedding where the drone had
been recording video. In cases where drones are being used on a premises
owner’s land, or at events such as concerts, property owners could
potentially be held liable for any failures to ensure the safety of visitors
and guests, including those harmed by drones. Drone accident victims may
explore their options for pursuing
premises liability claims based on where their accident took place.
Drone accidents may be unusual, but they are nothing to take lightly. Because
drones operate from heights, can weigh as much as 50 pounds, and have
spinning blades, they pose considerable risks to victims in accidents,
including risks of catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, severe
brain injuries. Victims should not have to bear the burdens that accompany these serious injuries.
At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are prepared
to help victims of drone accidents understand their rights following preventable
injuries, whether they may have a valid case for compensation, and who
can be held liable for the damages they incurred, including medical expenses,
lost wages, and their pain and suffering. Because these are unique and
challenging cases, they demand the attention of attorneys with proven
case results in personal injury cases involving a range of legal issues.
Discuss your case during a FREE consultation.
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