Marly McFarland Died In Byron Electrocution Accident at Home on Third Street
Wrongful Death - March 28, 2023
Hero Mother Identified As Marly McFarland Died In Byron Electrocution Accident While Helping Neighbors Escape House Fire —> GoFundMe Created To Support Victim’s Family
BYRON, ILLINOIS (March 28, 2023) – A mother of five identified as Marly McFarland has died in a Byron electrocution accident while helping neighbors escape house fire.
Ogle County officials are saying that the incident took place over the weekend. Marly McFarland was on her way to help neighbors escape a house fire.
At some point, she was electrocuted by a downed power line. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving measures, Marly McFarland died due to the severe nature of her injuries. You can help support the family of the victim through GoFundMe.
Liability For Byron Electrocution Accidents
Electrocution accidents may seem like freak occurrences, but they are actually much more common than many people may realize. According to Nickle Electrical, “Electrocutions from wiring hazards, including damaged or exposed wiring and household wiring, totaled about 20 percent. Annually, electrical hazards are listed as the cause of about 4,000 injuries.” Downed electrical lines can be extremely dangerous. If you see a power line, there are several steps that you should take.
- Avoid touching the power lines.
- Avoid touching anything connected to the power lines, like a fence.
- Call 911 immediately if you notice a power line is down.
Depending on the facts of any case, an electrical company could be liable for an electrocution caused by a downed power line. Electrical companies have a legal obligation to maintain their lines in a reasonably safe condition. If an electrical company failed to maintain their lines in a reasonably safe condition, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
- A utility company may have created a hazardous condition by improperly installing clamps on a power line.
- A utility company may have negligently maintained a power line’s ground-fault protection system.
These types of accidents are often highly preventable. It is extremely important that all evidence is properly preserved after any incident with a downed power line. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to demonstrate whether a electrical company is liable for any accident. In many circumstances, electrical companies neglect needed maintenance in order to save money.
Investigating A Byron Electrocution Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Marly McFarland. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Byron electrocution accident? Our team of power line safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that utility companies are doing everything in their power to keep their customers safe. Whether you just have questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.