Busted But Not Responsible? Tips For Your Defense

If you've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit, you need to defend your legal rights. You have the right to an attorney who can help you present your case. After being wrongly accused of something myself, I learned quickly how to navigate the legal avenues to have my case dismissed. My attorney was a great resource for building the case, and because of my understanding of the law, it worked. I created this site to share what I learned along the way and some other great tips for others who have been wrongly accused and arrested for a crime.

Drive Safely On Black Ice This Winter

Law Blog

Black ice is a deadly road condition, and roads affected by black ice are dangerous for all drivers. Knowing how to recognize the signs of black ice can save your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of other people on the road. The following tips will help.

Know When Conditions are Right

Black ice commonly forms when freezing rain hits the pavement. However, black ice can happen at any time that the temperatures outside are at or below freezing. Sometimes black ice forms at night when temperatures are lower and stays on the road when temperatures go up a little. On days when the temperature is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, drive carefully and watch for dark puddles on the road.

Know What to Look For

Black ice is usually perfectly smooth and looks like a dark puddle of water on the road. However, cars that drive over puddles will create sprays of water behind them. Cars that drive over black ice will create no spray. If you see a driving over what appears to be a puddle, check for a spray of water. If the vehicle creates no spray, it is likely driving over black ice. Black ice commonly forms in low-lying areas that collect water runoff from higher areas. When it does form, it can take a long time to melt when the road is shaded.

Know What to Do When Black Ice is a Possibility

When the temperatures are freezing and conditions are right for the formation of black ice, follow these tips:

  • Stay at home if at all possible.
  • Stick to major roads if you must drive.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Leave extra distance between your car and the car in front of you.

Know What to Do if You Start to Slide

If your vehicle starts to slide on black ice, knowing what to do can save your life. In many circumstances, the best course of action is to take your foot off of the brakes and slowly turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Turning your wheel into the side will give your vehicle a chance to get traction. Turning your vehicle in the direction opposite of the slide will generally cause your car to angle more sharply and make the situation worse.

Hopefully you'll drive safely this winter, as will other drivers on the road. However, accidents still happen sometimes. If you're in a car accident this winter, contact a car accident attorney. He or she will help protect your rights and help you recover any compensation that may be due to you.


7 January 2016