As drones become increasingly popular - both for consumers who use them
recreationally and for businesses that want to harness new technology
- so do news stories of drone-related incidents. This is especially true
in cases that involving drones causing accidents, property damage, and
In what has earned international attention, singer Enrique Iglesias was
recently injured after his finger was cut by a drone’s rotor during
a concert in Tijuana. The drone, which was filming the show, caused severe
lacerations that required reconstructive hand surgery.
Two recent incidents have also drawn considerable media attention, namely
because drones are still a form of technology we don’t see on a
Here are details about the incidents:
- May 25, 2015, Memorial Day, Marblehead, MA - During a Memorial Day parade
in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a drone collided with a man who was holding
his 1-year old daughter. The accident left the man with injuries and cuts
to his head and neck. The drone had collided with a building prior to
striking the man and hitting the ground. No charges were filed against
the operator because no permits were required to fly the drone over the event.
- June 13, 2015, Albuquerque, NM - According to officials from the Albuquerque
Fire Department, an amateur drone operator lost control of his drone during
the Heights Summerfest festival. The drone fell through the sky and hit
one victim, who was treated by paramedics.
The stories, while intriguing, help highlight how dangerous drones can
be, even when in the hands of trained operators. Although it is likely
laws will change and adapt to address the many new issues presented by
drones, victims harmed in preventable accidents involving unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV’s) have the right to pursue compensation for their damages.
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is actively involved in
drone litigation. If you have questions about your rights after a drone incident,
contact our legal team for a FREE consultation.