Monday, January 27, 2014

Houston Drivers Not Accustomed to Recent Icy Conditions

Perhaps as part of the now infamous polar vortex that has affected a majority of the country with its Arctic grip, Houston is experiencing a phenomenon that is largely foreign to our city – icy roads. Many roads, particularly those with bridges or overpasses, were shut down altogether for hours on end on Friday. School systems were closed. People were advised to stay off the streets if at all possible. Some drivers just stopped where they were rather than drive one more foot in the dangerous conditions.

For those who are transplants to Texas from parts of the country that experience this snow and ice every year as part of a typical winter, our paralysis in cold and wet weather conditions can be amusing. But the reality is that the residents of this city do not have to deal with snow and ice very often and, just like anything else, no practice on such wintry roads on a regular basis will mean bad decisions and fear behind the wheel. Some also may not know a few simple steps that can be taken to maximize safety when driving on ice.

Keep your distance. Plenty of it. You should have no knowledge of the details of the rear bumper attached to the car in front of you. If you do encounter ice, do not slam on your brakes and do not try to steer out of it. Just allow your car to move with the ice. Black roads are not necessarily safe roads. Black ice is very dangerous and just one small patch is enough to send your car spinning. Bridges and overpasses freeze first—proceed with extra caution. These all may sound straightforward, but reminders never hurt!

Inevitably, these weather conditions are going to lead to an increase in car accidents. If you are involved in a collision that was due to another’s reckless driving as we deal with these difficult weather conditions, we can help. We have attorneys who specialize in automobile accidents and who will be an advocate for you as you recover the compensation for property and personal damage that you deserve. Give us a call today.

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