Early on Feb. 27, 2020, residents of Kentucky were greeted with a perfect early-morning storm of cold weather, freezing rain and snow. The combo caused a significant portion of the highways and roads in the state to end up with “black ice.” That led to more than 200 car accidents in the Lexington area alone and sections of I-75 had to be shut down while the road crews rushed to get de-icer and ash down.
Black ice is a phenomenon that people in northern areas of the country know well — but Kentucky doesn’t see it very often. Essentially, black ice is really just clear ice that can form very quickly on a road or parking lot. It’s basically invisible to the naked eye — and drivers who aren’t expecting to hit a patch of ice can find themselves careening out of their lanes, spinning out or sliding entirely off the road. When it’s raining and the temperature starts dropping, some sections of the road — like overpasses and bridges — are particularly prone to black ice, even when there is traffic.
The only thing motorists can do to combat the problem is to be aware of what’s happening and slow down. Giving other vehicles a lot of extra space and taking it easy on the gas pedal is the best way to stay safe. Even then, you can’t necessarily guarantee that you won’t end up in a wreck because not everyone is safety conscious.
If you were injured in a car wreck due to another vehicle’s slide on black ice, you may have a valid claim for compensation. Find out more about how you can assert your legal rights.