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Electrocution in a Rental Property Backyard: Landlord or Utility at Fault?

TASA ID: 1006

The deceased was doing gardening work in the backyard of the property he was renting. He came into contact with a set of wires leading from the house at that address to some ancillary sheds and barns. These wires were originally supported by a home-made wooden pole structure that had fallen and allowed the wires to sag and lie on the ground. These wires were energized at 120 volts ac. The contact with these wires caused his death.

Failure to Maintain a Proper Lookout: Driver Perception Reaction Time

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. . . the common argument of "failure to maintain a proper lookout" assumes that both a driver's vision and attention are focued at all times during the events leading up to the point of collision with B. Certainly, anyone who operates an automobile knows that the driving task includes many elements beyond attention to the roadway ahead . . . The basic concept which needs clarification here is that of "Perception Reaction Time" (PRT) . . . . 
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