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Collapsible Bikes

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A collapsible bike is a good thing — as long as it is supposed to be foldable! However, if a bike is collapsed or folded up as the result of a crash with a truck or car, it is usually not a good thing at all. A question we often hear from our injured cyclist

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> Hoverboards, Safety and the Law: What are They ?

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UPDATE December 11, 2015: Now that hoverboards have been known to spontaneously burst into flames — and have even been banned by airlines — their popularity will surely be impacted.  It seems their questionable safety goes well beyond the danger they pose to pedestrians and mall walkers as we discussed in this post less than

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Keep Your Eyes on the Goal

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Too often, athletes and lawyers get sidetracked by distractions and short-term objectives. The best lawyers and athletes know to look long-term if they are to be successful year after year. Rather than get out of shape and not use the winter efficiently, Herndon lawyer Doug Landau uses this time of year — when there are

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Olympic Course For Sydney Summer Starter Road Races

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Following portions of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Marathon course, Melissa and Doug Landau participated in the Summer Starter 10km road race. Several thousands of runners took advantage of the special express trains from Downtown Sydney to race around the Olympic venues on a picture perfect day in New South Wales. This was Doug Landau’s third

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Running and Swimming with the Best Biathletes Down Under

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Finding out about a run and swim (“biathlon”) race that was to take place the evening of his arrival in Sydney, Virginia lawyer Doug Landau jumped at the chance to compete against an international field of Multisport athletes. Starting with a “rolling” 4km run through the city’s scenic Botanical Gardens and then followed by a 300m

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Cyclist Dies in Collision With Truck

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After seeing several crashes on the bicycle course during the preview rides for the ITU World Championships last month, bike crash lawyer Doug Landau noted the headline, “Cyclist Dies in Collision.” Apparently a female cyclist was killed in a crash with a truck. The middle-aged biker was wearing headphones, so police were investigating whether or

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Win the Future (WTF), Young America!

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In 2012, Larry Pratt —  known to Doug Landau both as a wonderful history instructor at the Madeira School and as a fellow Hotchkiss alum —  left teaching to start a non-profit organization, Win the Future (WTF), Young America. WTF is geared toward getting young people (ages 18-50) to vote. Pratt has done a ton

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Overtaking Law Designed for Bike Safety

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New bike safety laws implemented this week in the wake of two cycling fatalities in the last fortnight are causing controversy, reports Doug Landau from Australia. The new requirement means that cars and trucks must keep a certain distance when overtaking these non-motorized vehicles. The distance is set at a minimum of one metre (a

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