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Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) are flying
machines that work through indirect operator control. While previously
used by the military for investigation and other special operations, smaller
drones are now readily available for the average consumer to purchase.
Usage of drones may cause the following offenses:
- Property damage
- Accidents and personal injury
- Invasion of privacy
Drones have the ability to travel at least 30 miles per hour through the
air for 30 minutes or more and can soar above 1,000 feet. They can transmit
video directly to the owner’s cell phone, tablet, or computer. This
can be quite worrisome for the general public, who may not be aware that
drones have such powerful capabilities, including the ability to invade
an individual’s privacy.
What damages can drones cause?
The Consumer Electronics Association predicts that there will be more than
340,000 recreational drones sold in 2015. They can fly above nearly any
outdoor location or public space, such as parks, shopping centers, or
concert halls. This means they have the ability to fly over a family’s
backyard or even hover by the windows of a home. With strategically placed
cameras, these drones could capture invasive video and pictures outside
a home or inside an individual’s bedroom or living areas.
Additionally, drones fly at such rapids speeds and often have sharp, hazardous
equipment which can whip around and cause severe injuries. While an invasion
of privacy is a major issue, drones can often be difficult to control,
which means crashes and sporadic movements could lead to accidents and
Laws on Drone Usage in Public Areas
While there are no standards governing the operation and safety of drones
yet, there are still federal and state laws that heavily regulate the
usage of these devices.
For example, some of the federal laws state that individuals:
- Must keep aircraft below 400 feet
- Must fly aircraft in an area that is free of obstacles
- Must not allow aircraft to fly near people
- Must not file aircraft within 5 miles of an airport
- Must not fly an aircraft weighing more than 55 pounds
Unfortunately, the existing laws do little to protect the privacy and safety
of citizens. While there is some local legislation that prohibits drone
usage, it can only be enforced in St. Bonifacius in western Hennepin County
at this time. If you believe your privacy has been wrongfully invaded,
your case may require further investigation from knowledgeable Minneapolis
civil litigation lawyers.
You have Legal Rights—Contact Us Now
If a drone has caused you injury or damage, you deserve to know what legal
options you have to pursue justice. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
is here to help you. There are numerous privacy issues at stake, and it
is important that you are protected to the full extent of the law. Allow
our firm to review your injury or invasion of privacy case today.
Our team has researched and studied the extent that drones can cause. Take
action today by calling our firm to
set up a consultation.