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Also known as clear ice, black ice is a thin coating of glaze ice on roads. It’s virtually transparent and often seen in the colder months. It usually forms on bridges, overpasses, the bottoms of hills, and anywhere where there is no sunlight. If you get into a car accident that was caused by black ice, you may be wondering who is at fault. Read on to find out.
Drivers are Responsible for Black Ice
As a driver, you are responsible for being aware of your surroundings and driving appropriately for all weather conditions. If you lost control of your vehicle and caused an accident because of black ice, you may believe that you should not be held liable.
When an insurance company finds out about your accident, they will likely determine you are liable. This is because they believe that drivers should slow down, pull over, or avoid driving on particularly icy and snowy days. They also feel that it’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained for winter driving.
In the event another driver hits you while driving on black ice, they may be held liable and you may be able to collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Be sure to take photos of the accident scene, collect the other driver’s contact information and insurance details, and consult an attorney to increase your chances of recovering fair and full compensation.
How to Prevent Black Ice Accidents
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent black ice accidents and protect yourself from being held liable for an insurance claim. Here are several tips on how to drive safely on icy road conditions:
Contact Our Hinsdale Car Accident Attorneys
If you are involved in a black ice accident, contact our highly skilled DuPage County car accident lawyers to determine who is at fault in your particular case. Call us today at 630-920-8855 for a free consultation.