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Arizona drivers should be careful about black ice

It may be far-fetched to think about black ice as a danger in Arizona, but it certainly can occur. According to a number of weather reports, areas in every state in the union (including Hawaii) reached lows that were below freezing (32 degrees) yesterday. In higher elevations of Arizona where snow and ice are common, drivers must be aware of how ice can form on roads. With temperatures falling below freezing as far south as Central Florida, it is reasonable to believe that some areas of the valley will experience black ice.

Black ice is the term given to describe the thin patches of ice that can form on roads when standing moisture freezes. It is commonly invisible to drivers and can cause them to lose control of cars unexpectedly. A number of national news reports have shown images of how unsuspecting drivers are spun around or crash because they hit a patch of ice.

Because of this hazard, drivers are best served by slowing down and taking their time when driving through sharp turns, on bridges and overpasses. Reducing speed in challenging conditions is an example of the reasonable care that Arizona drivers owe to each other. If a driver fails to use such care, and an accident occurs as a result, the offending driver could be held liable to those injured. This would allow people injured in a crash to seek compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, as well as rehabilitation expenses.

The good news is that the forecast calls for warmer weather in the days ahead. In the meantime, drivers must be especially when driving to the snow. 

Source: AZFamily.com, "Colder than Antarctica in most of the country," January 7, 2013

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