The Dangers of Black Ice

black-iceThis month, the weather has been in the sub-zero degrees and driving conditions have been under par. The weather may get warmer, but we should not get too excited. As temperatures may be no more than 32 degrees, we are still in freezing temperatures, and we need to prepare for the worst driving conditions. Black ice is a very common factor in car accidents, and we need to know the dangers that black ice can cause.

What Is Black Ice?

Black ice is a thin coat of ice that is often impossible to see on the roadways, which can cause dangerous driving conditions. Black ice is formed when temperatures rise above freezing, or if the sun comes out at daytime. Any moisture on the ground will melt, and roadways will be wet. Puddles may form if it rains. Then, later in the evening, if the temperature drops below zero, the water formed will freeze again, and black ice will likely form.

Why Is Black Ice Dangerous?

Black ice is very transparent, so it is nearly impossible for anyone to see it while on the roads. When black ice forms, the roads will become very slippery and may cause an increase in car accidents and other dangerous conditions on the roadways.

Car Accidents from Black Ice and How to Combat Such Issues

Every year, over 116,000 Americans are seriously injured in car accidents due to snowy, slushy, and icy roads, and over 1,300 Americans are killed from the same type of accidents. The unfortunate result of black ice can be improved by treatment of road surfaces. Even though road ice can cost a lot of money, research has been shown that road salt has reduced car accidents by 88 percent, car accident related injuries by 85 percent, and car accident costs by 85 percent.

Call an Orland Park IL Car Accident Lawyer

Black ice is very dangerous, and often causes car accidents that can result in injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as a result of black ice, you should seek legal representation. Our seasoned Cook County personal injury attorneys at James A. Payonk, Jr., P.C. have over 30 years of experience in representing clients in car accident and personal injury matters, and they are ready to get you started with your case. For a free initial consultation, please call 708-633-6005 to get the help you deserve.

 Sources:

http://www.safewinterroads.org/safety/

https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/black-ice-winter-weather-explainer

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