Chelsea, MA asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts

Q: A moving company truck hit some low hanging power lines that resulted in my electric service being torn off the house.

Who do I go after, Electric Co. or Moving Co. for reimbursement ?

Police officer told me wires are supposed to be high enough for all trucks. Moving company would only be liable if they hit the Utility pole directly, is this true?

What about driver negligence?

Aren’t CDL drivers “taught” to look for low power lines? Low clearance ? Although most low clearance have signage.

No signage about low hanging wires in this case however.

Thank you.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. These can be tough settings. Sometimes liability is apportioned between both sides, depending on the negligence doctrines followed in the jurisdiction. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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