Imagine hearing a story about how a hobby drone killed a family of 4 today as they drove home from a church activity. The names of the victims haven’t been released pending notification of next of kin. Witnesses say the driver of the families SUV seemed to lose control of the vehicle after swerving to avoid a hobby drone hovering over the highway. Imagine hearing a story like this one night over your local evening news.
The Rise of the Hobby Drone
This is a fictitious account of a scenario that could happen with the rising popularity of hobby drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Parrot – AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Quadricopter Drone. Flying a hobby drone is a great way to get outside and have some fun. But as with most anything else, a hobby drone can be dangerous if not handled responsibly. This may be an extreme scenario but would you want to be the family in the SUV?
An Accident or Murdering Hobby Drone
A scenario like this one where a drone is involved in a death raises a lot of questions. What if a child was piloting the drone and it was an unfortunate accident? Who would be liable for damages? What if someone intentionally used a drone like this? How would that person be prosecuted? I’m sure you have even more questions.
Drone Nightmares On Your Street
What if it was your kid flying the drone and he or she simply lost control? It was a new toy but maybe he or she wasn’t ready for it yet. The kid didn’t mean any harm but four people are still dead. The child’s only 10 years old and having nightmares about what happened. He or she may need years of psychological counseling to get over this if ever. Unfortunately, your baby is another victim of this accident.
Crucify The Drone Murderer
How would this play out in court? Surely the courts wouldn’t take this child from a loving and responsible family and make him a ward of the state. But how would justice be applied? Yes, this was a drone-involved accident but you can’t just say Sorry, and leave it at that. Four people are dead. So, are surviving family members entitled to some form of compensation?
Do You Have Hobby Drone Insurance?
Does your insurance cover that? Does your Farmers homeowners or car insurance cover a situation like this where lives were lost? Could you get sued over it? Its easy to see how this kind of accident could ruin a family financially?
Anger and Depression
The emotional toll on a survivors of a families killed in an accidents by hobby drones was involved would be tremendous. Everyone involved could suffer a wide range of emotions including grief, anger, fear, despair, depression, and hopelessness among others.
Copycat Psycho Killer Hobby Drone
A tragedy like the one above could happen to a child but it could also happen to an adult. Think about how different the thought process would be if used a pyscho used hobby drones to kill someone on purpose? Most people would be outraged and want to see that person prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There’s always copycat psychos out there to worry about.
Even though this is a fictional situation, its something better thought about sooner than after it becomes too late. It certainly points to the need for close parental supervision when children pilot drones. Parents can’t afford to be out of the loop on whats happening with drones like they are with the Internet and texting. We all know how that turned out. I would rather not wait until a hobby drone crash kills an innocent family of four.