A few things worth bearing in mind when using drones
- If a drone, intentionally or recklessly flown hits a person, the drone operator could be liable for battery, which carries both criminal and civil sanctions.
- Any drone pilot recklessly or intentionally damaging someone else’s property could be liable for criminal damage.
- If a drone operator doesn’t exercise a reasonable standard of care and injures someone or damages their property the pilot could be found to be negligent and liable to compensate the injured party.
- Flying a drone low over someone’s property without permission could constitute the civil offence of trespass or nuisance even if the operator doesn’t physically enter onto the property.