Drones are now available in a wide range of options. In addition to their practical applications, people now also use them for racing and other leisure activities. The increasing popularity of drones unfortunately also means the chance of being hit by a drone is now greater than ever.
Causes of drone accidents
Operating a drone requires some practice and a great deal of care and attention. Lack of experience or attention could easily result in somebody being hit by a drone. Drone injuries can also occur because of incorrect assembly, missing parts or other defects.
Injuries by drones
Drones can travel at speeds of up to 35mph. This video quite clearly shows the effect of a drone hitting flesh at this kind of speed. Depending on where and how a drone hits someone, injuries can range from bumps and bruises to severe lacerations. If you are hit in the face, the sharp rotor blades of a drone could even take out your eye.
Can you claim if you are hit by a drone?
If you were hit by a drone because someone failed to operate it properly or because a drone was defective in some way in the past three years, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Depending on the circumstances and causes of your drone-related injuries, you could be able to claim against the:
Person operating the drone
Manufacturer of the drone
Retailer selling the drone
This obviously means the first step in making a successful personal injury claim is to establish who is liable for your injury.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our in-house solicitors have over 15 years’ experience in the claim industry. Their vast experience enables them to:
Quickly establish liability
Conduct most claim processes almost entirely over the phone
Bring claims to satisfactory conclusions efficiently and speedily
In many cases, they manage to negotiate satisfactory settlements out of court. As claim circumstances can vary significantly, we cannot, however, guarantee that this will be possible in your case.
If you were the victim of a drone-related accident, get helpful advice and no-win, no-fee* assistance in conducting your claim by calling our 24/7 freephone helpline today. The numbers to call are 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. All calls are confidential and obligation-free. Alternatively, you also initiate contact with our team by completing our 30-second test.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice