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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."

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    Common road accidents caused by ‘black ice’


    Black ice is a thin, almost invisible coating of clear ice on roads, pavements etc. Often also referred to simply as clear ice, it is frequently accompanied by wet areas on such surfaces, making it even more difficult to distinguish. Driving, cycling and walking on surfaces affected by black ice is extremely dangerous, because it is very easy to lose traction or footing, and skid or slip.

    Black ice and road traffic accidents

    Hit by unsuspecting car drivers at unsuitable speeds, black ice causes them to lose traction and start skidding. Depending on the speeds involved, this can lead to serious car accidents involving the affected vehicle careering into the path of other traffic, off the road, or into stationary vehicles.

    Motorcycling accidents involving black ice

    Motorcyclists are at even greater risk of injury. In addition to losing traction and skidding, bikes are prone to slide away from under the driver in a sideways fashion, causing them not only to skid, but to fall and slide into the path of oncoming vehicles. This is also a risk for cyclists.

    Preventing black ice related road accidents

    Many traffic accidents caused by black ice can be avoided. Weather reports typically warn of the potential risk of black ice developing, and by exercising a little extra caution, drivers can avoid getting into situations leading to a loss of control over their vehicles.

    Driver injury compensation

    If you were injured by a road accident, where another driver failed to exercise caution and skidded into your vehicle in the past 3 years, you may be able to claim compensation for your injury. To determine whether you are eligible to claim, consult the compensation calculator provided on the website of Accident Advice Helpline, or have a confidential, obligation-free chat with one of their advisers. You can call them via the company’s Freephone helpline any day of the week, any time of the day or night.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    Offering no win no fee assistance with claims for compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm. Legal professionals dealing with claims are assigned to claimants after careful consideration of their experience in the particular claim area. This ensures that whatever the circumstances surrounding an accident, and the resulting personal injuries, the professional dealing with the claim will know exactly what will be required to bring the claim to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties involved.

    Date Published: December 2, 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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