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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is black ice?

    The term ‘black ice’ can be misleading, as it actually refers to a layer of clear ice on a road surface. The ice forms with no bubbles, so it blends in with the surface (usually black tarmac hence the term ‘black ice’), creating a glossy finish and making black ice hard to spot. The surface can appear wet rather than icy, so you may not realise you’re driving on black ice until it is too late.

    Avoiding black ice

    Black ice is most commonly found late at night and early in the morning, when there is no sun around to warm the road surface. In addition, it is found more frequently on quiet, rural roads, or in shaded areas such as tunnels or roads with trees. Black ice also forms more quickly on bridges and overpasses, so take particular care in these areas.

    Driving on black ice

    If you do hit black ice, try to remain calm and do as little as possible. You should try to keep the car’s steering wheel straight and don’t brake. If you feel the car sliding to the left or right, gently turn the wheel in the same direction. Lift your feet off the accelerator to give you more control, and if possible shift into a lower gear.

    Claiming for a road accident

    Even if you drive as cautiously as possible when it’s icy, accidents can happen, and if you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could claim for compensation. The first step is to find a personal injury compensation lawyer with experience in the industry.

    Accident Advice Helpline has been processing personal injury claims since 2000, so we have over 13 years of experience. We’re here to take your call 24/7, so whether you’re looking for some advice, or would like to push ahead with your claim for compensation, we can help. There’s no need to worry about extortionate fees or attending court either – we offer a 100% no win no fee service, so you won’t have to pay anything unless your claim is successful, and because most claims can be dealt with in full over the phone, it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court.

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    We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim for compensation, so if you would like to chat to us in confidence, just pick up the phone and call our Freephone advice line today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: December 22, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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