Drones May Expose Property Owners to Increased Liability

Risk Management Magazine

PUBLISHED ON: December 7, 2015

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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.