A 55-year-old San Mateo man died on April 20 when he was electrocuted while
trying to move a downed power line that had fallen on a parked car. According to
The San Francisco Chronicle, the incident occurred around 6:30 pm when the man came across the downed
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. line while driving in his pickup truck and
attempted to move it from the vehicle.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are currently investigating the incident and
do not know how the power line was downed or why the man attempted to
move the line. Officials have extended their condolences to the family
of the deceased man, and also wish to remind people of the dangers of
a downed power line and to consider any downed line to be energized and
dangerous to touch. The downed line caused about 3,500 customers in the
area to lose power, with some without power until Saturday morning.
Power lines present a serious danger for anyone who comes into contact
with them as they can quickly and easily cause fatal electrocution. The
amount of electricity running through a power line is enough to stop a
victim’s heart in an instant and cause serious burns and internal
damage due to the electricity that will go through them upon contact.
Typically, electrocution occurs during workplace accidents or due to defective
products, but any exposed or downed power lines can easily cause such
an accident. Those near a downed power line should stay far away from
the hazard, alert the authorities, and get everyone away from the area.
If you are in a car and a power line falls on it, do not get out of the
vehicle, as doing so will expose you to the electricity that you are shielded
from when inside due to the rubber tires insulating you.
In cases such as this, the family of the deceased victim may be able to
find compensation for their loved one’s death and any related expenses. A
San Mateo wrongful death lawyer at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you if a family member has
died due to another party’s actions. For more information, contact
our dedicated legal team for a consultation on your case at (800) 900-0863.