Driving during the winter not only means dealing with frosted windshields, colder temperatures, and snowy roadways — it also means dealing with black ice. “Black” ice isn’t really black, it’s transparent. This is why it has the potential to be so dangerous. Often times, drivers on the road aren’t able to detect the black ice until it’s too late. Accidents involving black ice can be terrifying, as they often involve multiple vehicles and serious injuries. By understanding how to handle driving in situations with black ice, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a serious car accident.
Black ice can form on roads, sidewalks, and driveways after a light freezing rain, or the melting and refreezing of snow. Because it forms without bubbles, it appears transparent. This quality effectively makes black ice transparent, and difficult to detect on the road in advance.
Typically, black ice forms either at night or in the early mornings when temperatures are lowest. Black ice will be most commonly located in areas where there isn’t much sunshine, such as along a tree-lines route or tunnel. If roads are less frequently traveled on, black ice is more likely to be present.
In the right lighting conditions, it is sometimes possible to detect black ice on the roads. If you see a smooth, glossy surface on the pavement, black ice is most likely present. Sometimes, cars ahead of you may seem to swerve or slow down for no apparent reason. However, this may be due to the presence of black ice on the road.
If you do encounter black ice on the road, remember that it is very important to stay calm. Do not immediately hit your brakes, as this could cause your vehicle to spin out. Instead, take your foot completely off the gas, and keep your steering wheel straight. Try to do as little as possible until your car passes over the ice.
Drivers must be extra cautious on roadways during the winter. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck because of a reckless or negligent driver who failed to exercise caution when driving in inclement weather, you have the right to seek compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident lawyers can help you get the justice that you deserve when you call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case.
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