Fallen Power Lines
Overhead power lines carry enough electricity to meet the demands of a neighborhood. When power lines are knocked down, the area near them should be kept clear of people and repairs should be made quickly. If the power company fails to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of others, serious injuries and deaths can occur.
Fallen high-voltage power lines are capable of killing any living thing that comes into contact with them. They often carry voltage a thousand times greater than what is used in households. Overhead power lines are not insulated and are capable of discharging electricity to anything they come in contact with. Fallen power lines that come in contact with water are especially dangerous, because anything that touches the water can then be electrocuted by the power lines.
Adverse weather conditions can cause damage to power lines. High winds can force power lines to come loose and fall to the ground. Lightning strikes and falling limbs can cause transformers to explode. Limbs that are weighed down with ice frequently snap and strike the lines directly, causing them to break and create a short circuit.
Fallen power lines pose a serious safety risk to everyone near them. If you or someone you love has been harmed by fallen power lines, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. The Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. may be able to help you. To learn more, contact us today by calling (217) 328-2828 today.