California has long been known for its devastating, earth-scorching wildfires. These fires can burn for days on end, and may leave people homeless or even dead. Unlike many natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornados, wildfires sometimes have an origin that can be traced back to human fault. Consequently, these fires may become a source of major liability, as they can cause immense destruction resulting in thousands of dollars of property damage and potential personal injury. If you have been injured as the result of the negligent behavior of another, it would be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.
Wildfires in northern California that have killed 31 people are now being tied back to downed power lines. If indeed that connection is accurate, then Pacific Gas & Electric is facing damages liability and potentially enormous fines for the fires. Reports have indicated that the fires started during a windstorm; because when dispatchers were initially called, they reported many downed lines and transporters.
One of the major inquiries to be made is how fast the winds were actually blowing. State law requires that utility companies make wires that are able to withstand winds of at least 56 miles per hour. Utility companies are also required to cut down trees if they pose a danger. If Pacific Gas & Electric failed to meet one or both of these requirements, then the company could be found liable for money damages. PG&E, however, calls the reports highly speculative, and if faced with a lawsuit would most likely assert an “act of God” defense. PG&E has been fined in previous years in connection with other devastating fires in northern California.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire or explosion, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert explosion or fire accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Act now and contact our Massachusetts injury lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!