During the cold winter months many of the car accident claims in Basingstoke and Deane that we here at Accident Advice Helpline help people to launch are to do with road traffic accidents caused by black ice.
What is black ice?
Black ice isn’t really black. It’s transparent. The fact that it is transparent means that you can see the colour of the road surface through it; that colour typically being black or dark grey in most instances. Ice formed by fallen snow that is impacted and frozen is easy to spot. It means you can adjust your driving style accordingly to minimise any mishaps.
Black ice, however, is typically formed by rain or drizzle falling when the ambient temperature is 32° C or below. Because it’s so cold the ground itself freezes causing the rain or drizzle to freeze upon impact with the road surface creating a thin layer of ice. As the ice is transparent, it is to all intents and purposes invisible, and it’s this invisibility that leads to accidents.
Car accident claims caused by black ice
Most modern cars are fitted with temperature sensors that gauge the ambient temperature outside the car. When the temperature gets down to 3° C, many of the temperature gauges inside the vehicle flash a warning light, or text to indicate that the temperature outside is that at which black ice may be forming.
Unfortunately, some of these temperature sensors are not well placed. If they’re too close to warm parts of the engine, any radiated warmth will affect the temperature. This may lead to some people being lulled into a false sense of security and skidding on black ice they weren’t expecting, leading to the raising of some of the car accident claims we receive.
Forestalling black ice car accident claims in Basingstoke and Deane by knowing what to look out for
The best way of forestalling having to raise black ice car accident claims is to know the warning signs to be on the lookout for. First you should be aware that black ice often forms early in the morning or in the early evening. Favourite places for black ice to gather are in tree shaded areas, or under bridges, because of the lack of sunlight, or on exposed areas like overpasses because they facilitate quick freezing.
Taking the 30-second test for car accident claims in Basingstoke and Deane
Anyone wanting to know how much compensation they could be awarded for their car accident claims can take the 30 Second Test by visiting our website. It’s all part of the user friendly no-win, no-fee injury claim service that we offer here at Accident Advice Helpline. It’s a service that comes highly recommended by the one and only Dame Esther Rantzen. If you’d like more information about our no-win, no-fee service, visit our website or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or if using your mobile 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 13th December 2014
Author: David Brown