Category Archives: Airport vehicle crashes

Heavy Traffic on the Air Operations Area

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With the increase in the number of flights, terminals, and international routes out of Dulles International Airport (“IAD”), there comes increased vehicle traffic, foot traffic, and aircraft traffic on the runways and around the gates of the Washington DC area airports. Airport workers must be extra careful when working on the “Air Operations Area,” the

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Mayhem on the “Air Operations Area” – Landau to lecture on Accidents on the AOA at American Trial Lawyers National Convention

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When Doug Landau takes the podium on the national program to teach other top trial lawyers about the special rules and regulations at airport runways, he will start by defining what is meant by the “AOA.”  According to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) the Air Operations Area (AOA) “consists of airport areas where aircraft can

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10 Hallmarks of an “Open and Shut” Airport Injury Case

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The trial team at Abrams Landau, Ltd. was contacted by an out-of-state lawyer earlier this month for assistance in a case in which a traveler was struck by a rental car company employee on the airport premises. Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau explained to his colleague that an open and shut airport accident case has

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Airport Ground Crew are Vulnerable on the Air Operations Area (AOA)

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Airline ground crew and airport personnel are vulnerable on the air operations area (“AOA”) because of the numerous vehicles that are maneuvering — sometimes in very tight spaces. In addition, most of these workers are wearing ear protection which limits their ability to hear danger coming from behind.  With jet engines running, it is sometimes

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Crash Today, Trial Tomorrow

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Despite being in a crash that left his vehicle inoperable, Doug Landau plans on going forward with tomorrow’s case in the District of Columbia for a client with severe cardiac impairment. To read more about the accident, in which Landau held onto the steering wheel while flying upside down, and to see pictures of the

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Drone Policy Analysts Joined by Privacy Advocates

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In follow-up to our prior post regarding unmanned drone safety and registration, we discuss a new wrinkle in administering policy to these pilotless aircraft:  the question of privacy. While there is no question some regulation of the private and commercial use of drones was inevitable, the task for regulators is now how to protect privacy

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Injuries on the Airport Operations Area (AOA) Require Prompt Notice

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Frequently airline employees who have been injured on the “Airport Operations Area” mistakenly believe that if they report an accident to their employer, or their employer’s insurance company, that they are “covered” under the Virginia workers Compensation Act. Unfortunately, this is not always true. While Virginia law requires that prompt “Notice” be given to the

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Airport Safety Violations can Kill Even a “No Fault” Claim

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While workers’ compensation is considered a “no-fault” system, there are instances where the culpability of the injured worker is examined. In airport injury cases, normally the negligence of the injured worker is often not an issue. Intentionally inflicted injuries are a topic for another day.  A flight attendant or ground crew member can be clumsy

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