The use of drones has increased over the years. Drones are often used as entertainment for the young and old alike. It is estimated that 1.5 million recreational drones were in use in 2016 while another 500,000 commercial drones were in use in the same year. The federal government has estimated that there will be about seven million drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in U.S. skies by 2020. One of the reasons recreational drones have become so popular among the public is that they enable users to record incredible aerial video footage and access otherwise inaccessible spaces. That being said, just like anything else, accidents can happen when drones are involved. If you have been injured by a drone in Nevada, you need to reach out to a personal injury attorney right away.
Nevada’s Drone Laws
Drones are easily available to the general public. They are often sold in hobby and electronic shops, or even your local big box store, and for this reason, many people mistakenly assume there are none or few state or federal regulations on their use. In fact, some hobbyist drone pilots are required to register their UAVs with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This requirement is under the FAA’s rules for model aircraft, and is particularly true if the hobbyist owns a larger drone that weighs 55 pounds or greater. Moreover, FAA regulations mandate that drone enthusiasts avoid using the UAV within a particular distance from airports and other vital government facilities. Not surprisingly, the regulations are designed to protect the nation’s security and avoid causing an in-air accident linked to the use of a hobby drone. For example, drone hobbyists cannot fly their UAVs higher than 400 feet in the air.
It is statistically viable that as more drones are flown in Nevada’s skies, and skies across the United States, the likelihood of drone-related accidents also increases. This is because drone operators can lose control and crash the UAV into backyards, vehicles, buildings, or even power lines. Even more dangerous, these drones can crash into other drones or even innocent bystanders, causing thousands of dollars in property damage and leading to serious injuries needing expensive medical care.
There are several common causes of drone-related accident may happen. These include human error, flawed technology, reckless operation, and defective products. Not surprisingly, proper drone safety and flying training is essential in avoiding these types of accidents, whether the operator is a professional or just a hobbyist. If someone is operating a drone and causes an accident that results in injury, he or she may be legally and financially responsible to the victim for harm suffered.
Personal Injury Help in Las Vegas
If you have been hurt in a drone accident in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the state of Nevada, turn to the personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau. Our lawyers have a solid track record of representing the injury in all types of accident cases and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us for your initial case evaluation.
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