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Moving Silverado hit by Lightning Strike

Moving Silverado hit by Lightning Strike

Recently we had a consumer come in and his truck got hit by lightning. Here is the dialog from the video explaining the damage and need repairs.

 

Down here in Florida we have had several occasions over the past few years of lightning damages to cars, nine times out of ten there almost impossible to prove. Today we talk about the 2014 Silverado that was actually hit by lightning while it was going down the road. We had major thunderstorm a week ago and this guy was driving down Riverside Drive. The truck was actually hit by a bolt of lightning, the bolt of lightning hit the corner cabinet of the truck, apparently bounced off and hit the tree next to it.

Lighting Strike Fries Everything

What happened when this occurred is it hits the top of the truck and hit a couple of control modules that were in the top of the truck. More than likely, we’re going to find out that electrical current went through the entire truck probably cooked several modules if not everything in the truck. It also deployed the curtain airbags and it caused the truck’s anti-theft system to go into a immobilize mode along with some other powers that we haven’t been able to get into yet, because there are no communications in the control modules, due to the burned out circuitry. Also, after the lightning bolt hit and we believe that it hit the tree. It caused shrapnel from the tree to come off and hit the entire side of his truck with dents.

Damage from Lightning Strike is Assessed by Professional

This is a picture of the inside of the truck, the curtain airbags were deployed and the module for these two airbags is right at the back, more than likely it was directly hit by lightning. This is the burn hole, which we’ve never seen; it actually looks like a spot weld more than likely that’s where it hit the car. Now just like an airplane, lightning can hit a vehicle which doesn’t necessarily mean that the people inside are going to get fried. It just means that the lightning is looking for a place to go to the ground. It did not find it on this truck and hit the tree next to it in order to get its ground but at the same time it causes a ridiculous amount of damage to the control modules and any kind of electronics inside this truck.

Right now this 2014 truck has 7,500 miles on it and it’s more than likely going to have about 20 to 25,000 dollars for the damage to it. My personal opinion it should go to a junk yard and the guy should be given another truck through insurance just because once it hits car fax, they’ll never ever going to be able to sell it but that’s just me.

Reasons Why You Should Always Check Your Car After Lightning StrikeIf you come home after storm, your car won't start, jump starting the car is not cutting it, and you think you might have had a lightning strike. It's a good thing to check around your house to see if anything is been blown inside the house and have the car towed to a professional shop. We here at Holmes Auto Works can handle this kind of work. Have somebody professional look at it and deal with the insurance company because the insurance companies are just going to say that it was something that was done during jumpstart or charging the vehicle. When that's not the case at all you were actually hit by indirect light or something at the time.

Another reason we want to do this video, is to get people to understand that this can happen. Most of the times that we’ve seen it happen it’s been with vehicles that are sitting in driveways. Some people don’t even know that they had storm that close to them. We had a 2008 Mercedes, the house was struck by lightning they called and they said that the car wouldn’t start. We figured the battery and went down put the new battery in it, when that didn’t fix it so we had it towed back to the shop. After we got back to the shop, we found that this car had about six thousand dollars’ worth of damage that we could not figure out right why. The lady called after she got back to the town and says that the microwave is cooked, the TV is cooked, several of the circuit breakers are out in the house, and an alarm clock blew up. Now we know that there was lightning involved somewhere in the house and there’s no other possible explanation for what happened to that Mercedes other than a lightning strike. That amount of damage could not happen from jumpstarting it, or put the battery in it or letting the battery die. It just doesn’t work like that. After a lot of fighting we finally got the insurance company to take care the damages to the car and they call it an act of God claim.

Summarize – What You Should Do if Your Car is Hit by a Lightning Strike

So just to summarize things here, lightning strikes are very very hard to prove and when it comes down to the insurance. It is going to be a fight in order to get them to cover any other damages. In this case we have an obvious problem. We know that the guy was in the car, there’s an obvious mark where the lightning had struck; this should be a home run.

If you come home after storm, your car won’t start, jump starting the car is not cutting it, and you think you might have had a lightning strike. It’s a good thing to check around your house to see if anything is been blown inside the house and have the car towed to a professional shop. We here at Holmes Auto Works can handle this kind of work. Have somebody professional look at it and deal with the insurance company because the insurance companies are just going to say that it was something that was done during jumpstart or charging the vehicle. When that’s not the case at all you were actually hit by indirect light or something at the time.

Here is what Wesh 2 News Had to Say

All new tonight in Edgewater man has a shocking brush with severe weather. It appears his truck took a direct lightning strike. It happened during yesterday’s severe storms Peter Stanton was driving to the rain when he heard a loud boom in its tracks just stopped dead on the road. Wesh 2 Claire Metz has his exclusive story.

You can actually see a burn mark with a lightning bolt hit and the top at the back passenger side and there are dings and dents throughout passenger side panel thank heaven this truck protected Peter Stanton. Starts’ raining like cats and dogs, big bang and the truck loses all the power.

Stanton was driving his Chevy Silverado on Riverside Drive when the wicked weather blew up and sent down a bolt of lightning like this one that connected with the passenger side. The air bags deployed and the truck just stopped dead. You can tell when you hear that big of a bang then all the airbags explode something happened and no vehicle hit me so I had to assume it was lightning. The engine wouldn’t start the cell phone, all the electronics just gone. Then Stanton saw the truck pelt with half inch to four inch dents where the metal was literally sucked in. Stanton didn’t feel anything himself likely because if the robber hitting the road his tires but that old adage lightning never strikes twice, doesn’t hold water for his family.

No I have an older brother who got hit by lightning when he was playing tennis and he survived so must run in our family we’re electric. The truck had to be towed to an automotive shop the mechanics shocked if you’ll pardon the expression. Stanton is just taking it all in stride, I’m fine the truck is not but that’s life. Work to repair this truck hasn’t begun yet probably not till Monday or Tuesday because Stanton’s insurance company is actually sending out a weather disaster team to inspect the damage. In Edgewater Volusia County Claire Metz Wesh 2 News.

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