Every driver has a duty to exercise caution during the winter. Black ice accidents are often due to negligence, e.g., when a driver is speeding, driving while impaired, or distracted. In those cases, liability is clear. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to see black ice until it is too late. It is often called clear ice because it is a thin coating of glazed ice on a hard surface, such as sidewalks, streets, and highways. Human error or negligence, when combined with this natural phenomenon, often causes serious car accidents.  

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident involving black ice, please contact Friedman Levy for a free consultation. Determining who is at fault in this type of case is often challenging. However, our legal team will marshal our experience and knowledge to determine liability and fight for your right to fair and reasonable compensation for your damages and losses.  

Understanding Liability for Car Accidents on Black Ice 

When looking for signs of negligence, evaluating a driver’s behavior just before the accident is essential. Even though black ice is not visible, drivers in cold, wet conditions should travel under the assumption that the roadways can be hazardous.  

Negligence can include the following: 

  • Driving at unsafe speeds 
  • Following too closely 
  • Stopping short 
  • Drinking and driving 
  • Texting while driving 
  • Sudden lane changes 
  • Fatigued driving 

Further, even things usually regarded as safe in good weather might be examples of negligence. For example, a motorist traveling at the speed limit could be negligent if it is clear the speed they are traveling at is too fast for the prevailing conditions.  

Tips for Avoiding Black Ice  

While black ice can cause havoc for even the safest drivers, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a crash in winter conditions. 

Consider the  following to stay safe:  

  • Reduce your speed to safe levels regardless of the speed limit. 
  • Be aware of the forecast before you leave home.  
  • What for signs such as glossy pavement. 
  • Watch for other cars sliding in front of you. 

In addition, as soon as your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal, and don’t hit the brakes. If your vehicle does start to skid, turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. 

Schedule a Free Consultation  

If you have been involved in a black ice accident with a negligent driver, you could have a viable case for compensation. Our team at Friedman Levy knows what it takes to prevail in a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced car accident lawyers in New York City are ready to advocate for you during this challenging time. For over 50 years, we have been providing our legal services on a contingency basis. This means that you owe us no legal fees unless we win your case. Contact us for a free case review today.