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Prepare for winter weather driving

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2023 | Personal Injury

Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth region can appreciate that severe winter storms are a rare occurrence for them. They are likely relieved they don’t need to deal with several feet of snow that gets dumped on their neighbors to the north.

Still, Texans need to be prepared for something more dangerous than snow when they are on the road.

What makes black ice so dangerous?

In northern Texas, winter weather brings freezing rain and sleet. Freezing rain is hazardous as it falls as liquid and freezes upon contact, forming a layer of clear ice known as black ice. 

Black ice gets its name because, due to its transparent nature, the black road surface underneath can be seen. It makes the ice virtually impossible to detect, especially at night or in low light conditions. Drivers often don’t realize they’ve hit a patch of black ice until it’s too late. It usually appears during the early morning hours when drivers commute to work.

Another problem is the fact there isn’t a layer of snow to give the driver traction. This can lead to skidding or loss of control. The lack of friction also makes it difficult to brake. All these factors contribute to an increased risk of accidents.

Freezing rain and black ice require drivers to exercise caution. Motorists need to slow down, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction. 

Drivers are responsible for maintaining control of their cars, no matter the road conditions. 

If another driver loses control of their vehicle and injures you in the process, you may be able to receive compensation for your lost wages and medical expenses.