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Did you know that black Ice on roadways is one of the number one causes of car accidents each winter?  It’s not as common in South Texas as it is other parts of the country, but we do experience it sometimes. Last month, the combination of freezing temperatures and drivers unfamiliar with driving on icy roads caused dangerous driving conditions on many Texas roads. We saw numerous accidents, and even a few fatalities.

But what is black ice? Black ice happens when you mix rain with freezing temperatures. When the rainwater hits the surface, it causes a very thin layer of ice to form on roads. It’s so thin that it blends in with the color of the road (usually black).  This thin layer of ice is very dangerous. You can’t see it, and if you’re not careful, your car can slide on the ice and possibly cause an accident.

Since most Texas drivers aren’t used to driving in snow or icy conditions, they don’t necessarily think about black ice on the roadways. Driving slowly, keeping a larger distance from the car in front of you, driving with your headlights on and not being distracted are just a few of the things you can do in this situation. Of course, if you don’t have to get onto the roads during these times, its best to stay home.

So what happens if you are involved in an accident caused by a driver who slid on black ice? Who is at fault and how is that determined? Some insurance companies will claim the driver of the vehicle that slid on the ice should be held liable. However, others will argue this is an act of nature, and the driver could not have prevented the accident. Or that the person driving behind the car that slid on the ice was following too close, ultimately causing the accident.  So, who is right?

With so many uncertainties, you need to know and understand your rights and how to protect yourself if you are ever injured in an accident due to black ice or any other weather-related event.

DeSouza Law Firm is a leading personal injury firm representing accident victims throughout Texas.

If you’ve been injured by a car, truck, 18-wheeler, company vehicle, or in the oilfield, call DeSouza Injury Lawyers today at 361-799-2222 or visit the firm online at

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