Drone Injuries: Who is to Blame?

Upon an initial consideration of the word “drone,” one may think about national security efforts being carried out throughout the world and the case involving Anwar Al-Awlaki and his son, who were both fatally struck by a drone. It is easy to have the perception that drones are only used to carry out militaristic efforts and could never possibly harm a bystander; however, this perception is simply not true anymore.

The “Living Under Drones” research study published by the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School clearly reveals the terrifying effects and injuries caused by drones used by the CIA. The study entailed over 130 interviews with Pakistani citizens terrorized by drones on a regular basis. Amongst the injuries suffered by mothers, children and workers were severe emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, lost limbs, head injuries and in the worst cases, death.

Are Commercial Drones Terrorizing Citizens?

Now, everyday citizens may find the uses of drones for commercial reasons equally as terrifying. Businesses are beginning to deploy drones as a way of sending packages and conducting aerial photography. Commercial drones may hit bystanders if an inexperienced individual operates them.

Drones have impacted other innocent people throughout the world, such as a recent case involving a triathlete in Australia. The triathlete argues that the commercial drone hit her during the event and that the operator lost control of it. Athletic events have been increasingly deploying commercial drones as a way to complete aerial photography.

No licensing process currently exists for those who operate drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering the creation of drone operating certifications for pilots. The FAA’s plans have not yet been revealed to the public.