The use of drones use has grown rapidly in recent years, especially in the commercial sector, where the Federal Aviation Administration projects that the number of units in the commercial small drone fleet will exceed 420,000 units by 2021. As businesses continue to incorporate drones into their everyday operations, they also will want to set up compliance programs early on that take into account federal, state, and local regulations; identify best practices for drones; and ensure that the business has the appropriate insurance to mitigate the risks associated with drone use.

Businesses and the individual drone operators who recognize that their use of drones leaves them exposed to potential claims or actions for liability stemming from their drone use will be better prepared for unexpected contingencies. This includes potential claims for personal and property injuries from malfunctioning or errant drones; claims of invasion of privacy for drones flying over properties while recording footage; and nuisance and trespass claims.