A recent crash involving a drone and a cyclist is a good example of why at least some of those annoying rules regarding where you can and can’t fly the device are required. What looks to be a DJI Phantom drone was flying over cyclists competing in the Golden State Race Series, hit a tree, and crashed to the ground.
One of the cyclists then had a close encounter with the drone — or at least a part of it — that was on the road, which basically sent him flying over the handlebars. The whole thing was caught on video, so you can check it out below.
The good news is that the cyclist wasn’t injured in the accident, apart from a few scratches. The owner of the drone came forward right away admitting he was the one flying the device and offered to buy a new bike for the cyclist.
Accidents like these are becoming more common, as the number of drones flying through the air is rapidly increasing. Last year, 2.4 million drones were sold in the US, compared to 1.1 million in 2015. Naturally, countries around the world are coming up with a bunch of rules and regulations that in some cases severely limit recreational use of drones.
In Canada, for example, you’re not allowed to fly a drone higher than 90 meters, within 75 meters of buildings, animals or people, within nine kilometers of an airport, at night, or if you are not within 500 meters of your flying device.
Things are a little less strict in the US. According to safety guidelines, you shouldn’t intentionally fly a drone over people, which is exactly what the individual who caused the accident involving a cyclist did. However, as this is just a guideline and not an official rule, so the drone pilot probably won’t get in trouble with the law.