The Danger of Black Ice on Texas RoadwaysTexas Legal News
What is Black Ice?
As we start into the new year approaches, weather can be expected to continue to be cold and wet. During this winter season, snow and ice are still going to be on the weather report for many cities and states across the country. Cold weather conditions can make driving difficult, but issues like black ice can make driving dangerous. Black ice is a thin layer of ice that forms on the road and that looks like the road beneath it due to its transparency. It’s nearly impossible to see before you run over it, and it can cause even the best of drivers to spin out, potentially hurting themselves and others.
Driving on Black Ice
Black ice is very dangerous. When black ice might be on the road, drivers should change their driving patterns to make it easier to recover from possible sliding accidents attributed to black ice. When drivers don’t alter their driving patterns, they can end up causing severe accidents. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by black ice, contact a local Texas car crash attorney who can work with you and help you recover from your accident.
Black ice is just thin ice that forms on dark surfaces, so this type of ice can form in many places, but its presence on the road can create an environment that is dangerous for travelers. Black ice on a road is usually impossible to see until you are on top of it, which means that there is no preparing for black ice before you hit it. Once you’ve hit black ice and are sliding on top of it, you are at the mercy of the forces working against you and your vehicle.
When a driver is negligent towards road conditions, it can cause them to be involved in an accident more easily than if they were to pay close attention to the conditions and prepare for the likelihood of black ice. There is a specific way to drive on black ice, but it requires that the drive be aware and ready to act quickly.
Where Does Black Ice Form?
Bridges are one of the scarier places that black ice can form for a few reasons. Bridges don’t have earth underneath them to help warm them as other roads do, and black ice forms sooner and last longer than other roadways due to their exposure to temperature. Bridges are also suspending you and your vehicle over land or a water source, so if you crash due to black ice, you could find yourself falling into the water or onto the land below. To help combat this issue, many new bridges are being built with technology that is designed to help ice not form on them during the cold seasons. Still, being vigilant while driving on bridges is important.
Texas Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Black ice can cause serious accidents and extensive injuries and damage. It’s an unfortunate truth that drivers cannot always avoid black ice, but if you’ve been involved in an accident that involved black ice, you still have legal rights regarding your insurance and the compensation you deserve. Following a car accident in Texas, call the DeHoyos Law Firm, PLLC today at (832) – 767 – 3568 to speak with a lawyer about your case.