Traffic Signal Pole and Cable Maintenance

Gas station at night

Timothy O’Brien, PE, Traffic Engineering Consultant ::::
Case Synopsis: It was reported that a tractor trailer truck driven by the defendant pulled into the driveway entrance of an Open-All-Night gas station. As he pulled into the gas station, the tractor trailer impacted a low hanging traffic signal interconnection cable (cable). The force exerted on the cable caused it to pull down a light pole, a small tree and the metal traffic signal pole and mast arm. According to the gas station video tape, the plaintiff was the third vehicle traveling behind the defendant. The plaintiff was unable to avoid colliding with the collapsed metal traffic signal pole and suffered injuries.
Plaintiff sued defendant, the electric company, the township and the township’s signal maintenance contractor. The plaintiff claimed the defendant (truck driver) did not safely operate his truck thereby causing the accident that injured the defendant, and that the electric company failed to maintain the pole that supported the impacted wire. Lastly, the plaintiff claimed the township and signal maintenance contractor, failed to properly maintain the cable. Continue reading “Traffic Signal Pole and Cable Maintenance”