The blast of wintry air that came over the weekend created havoc across North Texas roads. While many people stayed indoors, the icy weather brought travel to a halt on streets and highways. According to a number of accounts reported to WFAA.com, drivers on I-20 were stranded for nearly 24 hours as first responders could not reach cars that were simply stuck in virtual parking lots. The same could be said for drivers on I-35E.
Now, as ice continues to melt, it makes for what is described as “cobblestone ice” conditions. This means that the ice that has formed resembles cobblestone streets, in that the road has a number of pockets were treacherous bumps of ice still remains.
As we have highlighted in our prior post, icy roads present significant hazards for motorists. The slippery conditions make it highly likely that cars will slide and lose control after crossing over rough patches of ice. In spite of these conditions, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. For example, they must reduce speed and resist the urge to make aggressive moves that would cause them to slide into another vehicle (or the center median).
A driver who fails to do these things (and causes an accident) could be held liable to those injured in a crash. This means that injured motorists could seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses as well as lost wages and rehabilitative costs. While the weather appears to be warming up in the next couple days, we hope drivers will continue to take it easy on area roads in the meantime.
Source: WFAA.com, “Cobblestone ice continues to cause problems,” December 9, 2013