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Man Hit By Plane While Mowing Airport Property

Sepp Vei via Wikimedia CommonsA single engine plane was landing at the Taylorsville Airport when it clipped a 74-year-old man mowing the landing strip lawn.  The plane severed the man’s hand as a result of the incident.

The accident could have been much worse.  The plane and mower flipped after impact.  The plane and the pilot were not hurt as a result.  A helicopter transported the man from the mower to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment.

Smaller airports rely on flying by sight instead of being cleared to land.  In this case the pilot from Tennessee circled the airport prior to landing, but he did not see the man on the mower until it was too late.  Both the plane and the lawnmower were traveling in the same direction which means the man on the mower never saw the plane until it hit him.

In an accident such as this, the man on the mower has a strong claim for the personal injuries caused as a result of the accident. He may have recovery through workers’ compensation and the liability insurance carried by the pilot of the plane.  Recovery for injuries like this one would potentially include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of income and payment for a permanent partial disability.

Accidents usually happen because someone was careless.  If there is an instance where two or more people are careless and it results in an accident, the people responsible share in compensation for the claim.  In this case, both the airport and the pilot would most likely be liable.  It is up to insurance companies to determine which party pays what percent to the victim.

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to speak to someone that understands the laws that surround legal liability.  It is not enough to think or say it was someone else’s fault.  You must be able to prove that someone was careless when they should not have been and because of their carelessness, you were injured.  We have the resources to help you prove liability.  Establishing negligence and legal liability is the first step in any personal injury claim.

We at Auger & Auger understand how accidents disrupt lives.  If you were involved in an accident let us help you build a strong claim against the parties responsible.  Call us today.

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