PUBLISHED ON: December 7, 2015
As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles—commonly known as drones—becomes more widespread for professionals, solo operators and amateur enthusiasts alike, so does the risk of liability stemming from drone-related accidents. Since drones are human-operated machines, the cause of a drone accident is likely either human error or machine error. That is, the operator of the drone can lose control when operating it or can precipitate a breakdown through inadequate maintenance. Malfunctions and crashes can also be caused by manufacturing defects.