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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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    Defining ‘black ice’ and its dangers


    Winter weather and the odd road traffic accident go hand in hand. Despite the precautions savvy, sensible drivers take, there is always the chance that a car accident may occur due to causes that were outside of their control.

    One of the biggest culprits for this type of incident in the winter is black ice.

    Knowing the road hazards: what is black ice?

    Simply put, black ice is ‘invisible’ ice that blends with the road. Unlike its name suggests, it is actually clear, but is referred to as black ice as it often cannot be distinguished from the black tarmacked road.

    Black ice forms when temperatures are low, typically early morning. As it is the product of melted snow and ice, black ice freezes without air pockets meaning that it is hard to spot with the naked eye.

    Why is black ice considered such a hazard?

    Black ice puts drivers and pedestrians at high risk because it is often difficult to see. Unlike standard snow and ice, it often cannot be seen in advance and therefore drivers lose the ability to adjust their driving to appropriately suit the road condition.

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    This is the cause of many road accidents in winter.

    How to prepare for driving on black ice

    Although you cannot see it, it is worth remembering the conditions in which it forms. After an initial snow fall or freeze, should low temperatures persist, it is likely that black ice will have formed on some roads and pavements.

    As well as driving carefully in response to this, it is also the responsibility of the councils to grit areas which are likely to be problematic.

    Accidents on the ice

    Sadly, road traffic accidents do occur in winter. That being said, if you are a victim of a road-related injury and you believe you are not to blame for your accident, you could be entitled to compensation.

    Incidents on unsalted roads, for example, may mean that you are able to claim compensation against the area’s local authority.

    How to get the ball rolling

    If you do decide you want to pursue a claim, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if your case is likely to succeed.

    From there, working on a no-win, no-fee basis, your claim will be passed to an appropriate legal partner who will manage your personal injury claim and go to every length to ensure you receive the compensation pay-out you deserve.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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