We often say that after an accident medical care should be your first concern
and that, if the accident was due to someone else's negligent or wrongful
acts, you should also contact legal counsel as soon as possible. Contacting
us in a timely fashion ensures memories are fresh and evidence has not
disappeared. Plus, the sooner you call, the sooner we can help you resolve
your case and obtain compensation! Sometimes, however, there are matters
that come before either obtaining care or calling counsel. In some cases,
additional dangers lurk after the collision. Knowing what to do in these
moments can mean the difference between life and death. One such case
is when an accident leads to downed power lines and electricity may be flowing.
Gulf Power Responds to Utility Pole Crash
On Tuesday morning, an accident shook the waterfront community of St. Andrews
in Panama City. WJHG reports that an 85 year-old man was driving in a
station wagon near the corner of Wilmont Avenue and West 11th Street around
9:30 A.M. Police believe the station wagon was travelling fast when it
jumped the curb and hit a utility pole, causing the pole and electrical
lines to fall across the vehicle. The elderly driver was trapped until
Gulf Power cut the power and moved the wires. Medical personnel took the
man to the hospital, but information on his condition was not available.
Sergeant Melanie Law warned community members to use caution around downed
wires. She emphasized that the ground can carry electricity and cause
fatal harm. Law noted that things turned out okay on Tuesday, but suggested
it could have been much worse and the driver and passers-by could have
Safety Tips: What to do if Power Lines Fall on Your Vehicle
What should you do if power lines come down on your car or a car you are
riding in? PSE&G, a large electricity company, provides safety tips
for dealing with downed power lines. The biggest tip for dealing with
wires on your vehicle - stay put! Always assume the wires are "live"
and running with electric current. You are generally safe in your vehicle
and, unless some other safety threat exists, you should stay in your car
until professional help arrives. You should also warn other people, including
well-meaning people trying to help, to stay clear of the area.
If fire or another life-endangering threat arises, you should carefully
jump clear of the vehicle. It is important to avoid touching the car and
the ground at the same time. Jump as far as you can and land with both
feet hitting the ground at one time. Shuffle or hop away, making sure
both feet land at the same time. Due to the way electricity travels, walking
or running may allow your legs to bridge different rings of current and
cause shock. This is further illustrated in an advice piece from B.C.
Hydro, a Canadian company.
The Pittman Firm is proud to share our knowledge and experience to help
keep our community safe. We always believe in "Safety First."
When accidents do occur, we are here to help. We advocate for people hurt
by careless drivers throughout the Northwest Florida region. Call if we
can help you.
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