Tragedy Highlights Power Line Safety After Car Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on December 21, 2012

Cape Coral personal injury attorneyA recent Florida car accident should remind drivers about the dangers of power lines following an accident. The driver was not seriously injured when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole. However, he was electrocuted by downed power lines after trying to walk away.

Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence. According the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, tens of thousands of accidents occur each year involving utility poles. In addition to any injuries suffered in the collision, there is also the risk of injury from live power lines.

So what should drivers do?

Following an accident involving power lines, the safest place to be is inside your vehicle. If you must exit the vehicle, safety experts say that you should tuck your arms and try to jump clear of the vehicle so no part of your body touches the vehicle and the ground at the same time.

As you move away from the vehicle, you should hop or shuffle, keeping feet together and in contact with the ground. As explained by West Florida Electric, keeping your feet together helps prevent one foot from landing in a higher voltage zone than another, which could make you a conductor for the electricity.

Even if a power line falls away from your the vehicle, it could still be dangerous to exit the vehicle because it is impossible to know if the area is electrified. Therefore, it is a good idea to wait for the electric company to verify that the power is off before getting out. Accident witnesses must also be careful to avoid electrocution. They are also advised to stay away from the downed power lines, call 911, and wait for help to arrive.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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