Utility Pole Causes the Death of an Atlanta Woman

Utility Pole Causes the Death of an Atlanta Woman

Recent news covered the story of an unusual fatal incident involving an Atlanta woman. The 26-year-old woman was in a car accident in the Columbus area, and she survived and exited her vehicle following the crash. At that moment, a car on the other side of the road – unrelated to the initial accident – hit an electric guy wire, which caused the attached utility pole to topple over. The large pole fell onto the woman waiting outside her vehicle, taking her life.

Liability for Wrongful Death

Wrongful death can happen in many ways when another party is negligent or intentionally causes a fatality. In the above situation, liability for the death would depend on what was deemed to cause the pole to fall over. Some parties might include:

  • The driver who hit the wire – The pole might not have fallen if the driver had not hit the guy wire, so the driver might share responsibility for the wrongful death.
  • The utility company – Generally speaking, we should not expect large utility poles to fall over so easily. The utility company might be responsible for negligent construction or maintenance of the pole.

Determining liability for a fatal accident is sometimes straightforward, though it can also be a complicated task that requires extensive investigation. It is important for close family members of a deceased accident victim to work with an attorney who has the experience and resources to handle this type of investigation.

Consult with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Atlanta Today

The legal team at the law firm of Ben F. Windham, P.C., handles wrongful death claims involving all types of accidental deaths and homicide. Contact us online or call 833.236.9467 to set up a free case evaluation with an experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorney.