Even though electrocution during motor vehicle accidents is exceedingly rare, it is not impossible for you to survive a car accident only to die by electrocution after colliding with a power pole. In fact, according to reporting from ABC News, that very thing happened to a 20-year-old man in Texas recently.
If your car hits a utility pole, you should immediately call 911. You should also remain in your vehicle until emergency responders arrive to assist you. If you cannot stay in your car because of a fire or another immediate risk, you must be careful when departing your vehicle.
The ground may have electrified
When power lines fall to the ground, they often cause the ground to electrify. This means you have an electrocution risk even if you do not touch the wires themselves. If you step outside your vehicle and touch the ground while touching your car, electricity may pass through your body. This can cause you to suffer catastrophic injuries or die.
You must jump free
If staying in your car is not an option, jump free from it. That is, exit your vehicle without touching the ground and your car simultaneously. Then, shuffle your feet until you are at least 30 feet away from the downed wires. If passersby stop to offer assistance, shout at them to stay far away.
Once emergency responders arrive, listen to their instructions. Then, go to the emergency room immediately for a full medical evaluation. Remember, even though hospital treatment can be expensive, you may be eligible for financial compensation to help you pay your medical bills.