The dangers of winter driving aren’t always obvious. Black ice is a frequent cause of winter road car accidents. Not long ago, dozens of cars crashed on I-76 when black ice caused drivers to lose control of their vehicles. The accident resulted in at least five deaths and many injuries.
Don’t underestimate the potential dangers of black ice in and around Pittsburgh.
Black ice commonly refers to transparent ice present on road surfaces when freezing or below freezing temperatures and moisture are present. It’s dangerous because most drivers can’t detect it. Many drivers know they should slow down when they see snow and ice on the road, but statistics show most drivers don’t slow down if the road looks “normal.”
For that reason, it’s more important than ever to drive slowly and safely during the winter months—and all year long. Anticipate undetectable black ice in the winter months, especially after a heavy snowfall or when the ice and snow are melting and repeatedly refreezing. You may see black ice at the edge of the road. In addition, black ice is likely after freezing rain or sleet falls.
Use these tips to avoid black ice on the roads in and around Pittsburgh:
• Pay close attention to the temperature outside.
• Consider snowmelt and the cycles of freezing and refreezing during cold weather.
• Take extra caution in shady areas in which water is most likely to freeze fast.
• Although you may be able to see black ice during daylight hours, take extra care when you’re driving in the early day or night hours.
• Stay alert on the road. Other drivers might not take proper care. Speeders can cause accidents when there’s a risk of black ice.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured because of another driver’s negligent, careless driving, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact the Pittsburgh car accident lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC at 412.471.4300 or via our convenient online contact form.
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