Everything You Need To Know About Drones

Here’s a modern-sounding lawsuit: at his wedding, a groom was using a drone to take photographs when it hit two women at on the dance floor. The women are now suing him for permanent injuries and mental distress.

What Is A Drone?

The formal name for a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAV. They were originally intended for military use, as they are quieter than planes or other vehicles. They can fire weapons or gain surveillance footage from a distance. Now, usage is expanding outside the military.

  • Aerial photography
  • Search and rescue missions
  • Land surveying
  • Delivering supplies to otherwise inaccessible areas
  • Fire and large accident investigation

It has become more and more common for anyone, not just a soldier or government personnel, to own a drone. Many people use them for photography or surveying land, while others simply enjoy flying them around.

But as you can see from the wedding lawsuit, drones don’t always work out. If used illegally or irresponsibility, they can cause harm and conflict. Aside from drone-collision injuries, drones also raise huge privacy concerns. People fear that their neighbors, or even governmental organizations, can spy on them through overhead surveillance. Since they are a relatively new development in the civilian sphere, there is still a lot to learn about drones— and your legal rights are if you are harmed by a UAV.

Drone Tips

While the world learns how to cope with drones and drone lawsuits, here are some general safety tips to keep in mind:

  • When using a drone, fly no higher than 400 feet. Remain below any surrounding obstacles, like houses or other structures, whenever possible.
  • Always keep an eye on the drone.
  • Keep at least 25 feet away from people and the property of others.
  • Do not operate a drone if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Do not photograph anyone without their permission.

For a comprehensive look into laws and regulations, visit the website of Federal Aviation Administration.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.


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