Insurance says you could be liable for drone crash

In this photo taken June 11, 2015, a hexacopter drone is flown during a demonstration in Cordova, Md. An aviation industry task force plans to recommend Friday that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half of a pound, a threshold that could capture some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Before the next time your drone takes flight, you might want to check your homeowners or renter’s insurance policy.

As the number of drone users soar so do the opportunities for property damage or serious injury.

In a crash, the Department of Insurance says, you could be liable for the resulting damage. They recommend you check with your insurance before you take off.

You must also register your drone with the FAA.

Jim Bonnardel, Academy of Model Aeronautics, said  “You fly and you dent your neighbor’s car . It breaks through a window, or tangles up in someone’s television antenna or something like that. A lot of them don’t recognize the potential for danger.”

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is offering drone owners a $2.5 million liability coverage option for a year.

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