The increasing popularity of the “Offspring’s” of the typical motor vehicle companies (The Electric Car) should be of profound concern to all of us.
Those who cut the wrong electric cable (trying to prevent a fire in a conventional vehicle, after a crash) may find themselves in deep trouble, should this be done to a smashed-up, high-voltage electric car, especially at night in the rain.
The best advice they can have (when dealing with an “Electric Car“) is not to do ANYTHING until they observe somebody else touch it and come away from that without getting shockedright into the depths of their body, mind and bones!
The injuries or fatalities that come from these half-gasoline, half-electric vehicles, have not yet (right now today into late 2004) been recorded but that’s not to say it hasn’t already happened! The “Problems” we all must face, when it comes to this new technology, are monumental because minus-zip is known about them.
This situation is not going away because difficult air-quality laws are driving electric vehicle production in the West Coast market and the rest of The United States is closing in fast.
Toyota and Honda are selling their electric cars nationally. Honda has sold thousands of “Insights” (a gasoline-powered car that gets a boost from an electric motor) since their two-seater came into the marketplace in late 1999. As of today Toyota has sold even more thousands of the five-passenger “Prius” and has a 6 month waiting list. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Volvo and Mazda will be offering them for sale very shortly.
And so, those reading this article, should consider this to be a deadly warning: The “Prius” battery pack has a 300-volt charge with enough amperage to IMMEDIATELY KILL THEM OR YOU – - on the spot – - right then and there!
In various suggested literature we are advised to carry insulated rubber gloves, goggles, face shields, protective clotting, safety boots, litmus paper and neutralizing agents in case of electrical shorts or batter acid leaks.
QUESTION: Do most of those who read this article understand how they should be used when and if it becomes necessary? ANSWER: Probably not!
QUESTION: Will the proper usage and/or wear of these items convince them that they will not be injured? ANSWER: This is untested and unknown.
The “Prius” relies primarily on its electric motor. Its gasoline engine kicks in for heavy acceleration of over speeds of 40 MPH. Literature on the “Prius” states:”Careless handling of the damaged vehicle may result in electrocution or severe injury”.
WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL ARRIVES AT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT: They should be told to ask, “Hey, is that a Prius?”
If the owner of the Prius answers, “Why, yes, it is”.
They should know that they must remain in their motor vehicle and while backing up (and away) roll down the window and shout, “I’ll see if I can send you some help”.
Both the “Prius” and the “Insight” have high-voltage cables running from battery packs to the front-mounted motors. These cables are shielded, colored orange for identification and linked to circuit breakers to kill the power – - IF THEY’RE CUT !
It’s pouring rain, people feel like they’re being buried alive by those who have been seriously injured and/or maybe even killed! Will they remember to cut them? If your answer to that is, “Oh sure, of course they will”, than my response to that is, “I’m sorry to tell you friend but under normal circumstances you can bid that individual, ‘Goodbye’!
When it comes to the “Prius” the only “Fail-Safe” method (at this point in time) is tripping a kill switch in the trunk. And, in the Toyota, it’s a red “Service Plus” that must be pulled with the insulated gloves which they’ve surely stashed in the trunk of your vehicle.
Right? Oh yeah, sure – - of course they will – - right !
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Dan Baldyga has a lifetime of experience in the field of motor vehicle accidents, personal injury and compensation. From 1951 thru 1955 he worked his way through college employed by a Springfield, Massachusetts detective agency, where his assignments included insurance fraud, missing persons, financial and background investigations and undercover operations. He specialized in representing major New England insurance companies, for whom he collected evidence in the inquiry of automobile accidents.
Upon graduation from American International College in 1955, where he had a scholarship and played varsity football quarterback for 4 years, Baldyga was drafted into the United States Navy where he was assigned to a “Special Unit” in Criminal Investigations. His primary duty was to travel throughout the Midwest, determining negligence and bringing to a conclusion those accident cases involving government motor vehicles. After a year he was transferred to the Orient where he worked on serious and highly complicated criminal cases.
In 1958 after serving in the Navy, he entered the world of insurance claims, where he began as an Adjuster, was promoted to Supervisor, and then to Claims Manager for 35 years. He then spent another five years of his career assisting company attorneys at court trials.
In 1968, Baldyga wrote the ground-breaking HOW TO SETTLE YOUR OWN INSURANCE CLAIM, published by Macmillan. This revolutionary concept created a heated debate within both the insurance and legal industries — because it revealed, the deep secrets surrounding the settlement of motor vehicle accident claims. This had never been done before!
Baldyga appeared on over 100 regional and national television and radio talk shows throughout the United States including the Mike Douglas Show where he made the observation, “Insurance is an ultra-conservative industry that breeds unimaginative, narrow minded men”. It took a wealth of twisting and turning to dodge the bullets fired at him from both the insurance industry and his Home Office. His innovative book sold over 200,000 copies.
His later publications also include the 1983 novel A SAILOR REMEMBERS and his second “How To” insurance claim book, SECRETS NEVER TOLD was released in 1998. Over the past decade his insurance claim articles have been published in dozens of national magazines, newsletters and e-zines reaching millions of readers.
Upon his retirement, Baldyga decided that it was time to publish the definitive guide concerning motor vehicle accident personal injury claims.
After examining mountains of statistics and confidential reports, he has created BASE (The Baldyga Auto Accident Settlement Evaluation Formula). Experts have called this personal injury evaluation method “Amazing” and “Revolutionary.” THE BASE FORMULA is ingenious, yet matter-of-fact, simple, yet accurate, and eliminates the mystery of how to place a monetary value on “Pain and Suffering” !
His new book, which goes into specific detail regarding The BASE Formula, AUTO ACCIDENT PERSONAL INJURY INSURANCE CLAIM (How To Evaluate And Settle Your Loss) can be found on the internet at either of his 2 his web sites: http://www.caraccidentclaims.com OR http://www.autoaccidentclaims.com
Once again Dan Baldyga has broken new ground in the normally dormant, unchanging landscape of motor vehicle accident insurance claims!