Andrew Wohl Santa Cruz: Andrew Wohl From Boulder Creek Died In Santa Cruz County Motorcycle Accident After Hitting Downed Power Lines Bear Creek Road east of Bear Creek Way
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (August 9, 2019) – A 64-year-old man from Boulder Creek identified as Andrew Wohl has tragically died in a motorcycle accident after hitting downed power lines on Bear Creek Way.
California Highway Patrol are saying that Andrew Wohl was riding a 2008 BMW R1200GS motorcycle on the westbound lanes of Bear Creek Road. There was some sort of traffic hazard on the road that included downed power lines.
Unfortunately, Andrew Wohl was unable to stop in time and hit the downed power lines. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving efforts Andrew Wohl later died due to his injuries. A full investigation into the motorcycle accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Motorcycle Accidents With Downed Power Lines
According to the Insurance Information Institute, “In 2016, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 5.1 percent from 5,029 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcycle fatalities have increased for the second year in a row and are at the highest level since 2008, when 5,312 people died in motorcycle crashes.” Many accidents are caused by dangerous conditions on the roadway. Downed power lines may seem like a freak occurrence but they are actually very common. Power lines may fall due to:
- Trucks hitting the power lines
- Trees falling on top of the power lines
- Construction cranes hitting the power lines
- Failure of an electrical company to fix damages power poles
- Improper maintenance on power poles
Downed power lines can be deceptively dangerous. Downed lines still have a very high probability of being energized. In movies, live power lines are often shown sparking and moving wildly. But this is rarely the case. Not only are power lines dangerous if a person touches them, they can seriously injure drivers or motorcyclists. These lines are nearly impossible to see for a driver that is traveling at freeway speeds. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for an accident involving a downed power line:
- A truck driver may be liable if a vehicle hit a power pole and caused the lines to fall.
- An electrical company may be liable for failing to properly secure power lines before a fall.
- An electrical company must do periodic maintenance on power lines to make sure that they are in a reasonably safe condition.
- An electrical company may also be liable for failing to promptly remove downed power lines. Even before the lines are remove, they should be de-energized immediately to prevent electrocutions.
If the Monterey Bay Community Power, PG&E or other electrical company was negligent and contributed to an accident with a downed power line they may face civil liability. The family of any victim may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include a victim’s spouse, children, parents or siblings. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, power companies will often go to extraordinary measures to deny responsibility for their conduct. A premises liability attorney can investigate your case free of cost and get you answers about what happened.
Investigating A Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Andrew Wohl. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of everyone affected. Why were these power lines down? And why weren’t they removed before this tragic accident. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident with a downed power line you may have legal recourse. There are a number of California laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that power companies are held to account for their actions. Whether you just need a free, independent investigation into an accident or have questions about your legal rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.