Black ice is ice that forms on a black surface. It often blends in with the surface beneath it, which makes it extremely difficult to identify.
The term “black ice” is a bit misleading, because the ice is transparent, it’s just on top of a black surface. One of the reasons it is so dangerous is because it forms without creating bubbles, which enables it to blend in with the surface it forms on.
Black ice only forms when temperatures dip below freezing (32° Fahrenheit). When weather reports state that there is potential for black ice to form, it’s a good idea to take extra caution when driving.
How to Identify Black Ice During the Day
During the day, you can spot black ice relatively easily because it has a glossy and wet appearance. When the sun is out, black ice is mainly found in shaded areas, like when there are several tall buildings around.
How to Identify Black Ice at Night
Black ice is much trickier to spot in the dark, and sometimes you won’t be able to see it.
However, you may be able to spot it under certain conditions if you look for patches of pavement that are somewhat darker and duller than the rest of the road.
It’s wise not to rely on your eyes to spot black ice at night since it is often unidentifiable in the dark. Instead, you should drive cautiously, and as if you will frequently hit patches of black ice so that you are prepared if you do come into contact with it.
If you’ve been injured in a collision as a result of black ice, or for any other reason, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Keep in mind that local transportation authorities have a legal responsibility to maintain safe and hazard-free roadways for drivers. Don’t delay—contact our office right away with your case.
Call the Naperville lawyers at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC today at (773) 906-4063 to speak with an attorney about your case.