What do Michiganders dread most when the weather turns bitter? Freezing temperatures? Getting snowed in? Most people believe the greatest winter hazard is the ice that forms on our roads, walkways and parking lots. And black ice, slippery and invisible, is the most dangerous kind. A black ice accident may occur when there are sudden temperature drops, which for Michigan can be incredibly common.
A black ice accident, slip and falls and motor vehicle crashes involve complex legal issues. Here is what you need to know.Do You Have a Case?
Black ice is actually a clear glaze. It is called black ice because it blends into the surface of the roads or walkways where it forms. It is likely to form in the early morning or evening when there is an abrupt temperature drop. Black ice is often found on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas of a road or parking lot.
Black ice is usually impossible to see, which is what makes it so dangerous. Because it can resemble a wet blacktop, it’s important to be cautious when temperatures fall suddenly.
From a legal standpoint, black ice accident cases can be challenging.
Michigan law includes an “open and obvious” doctrine that applies to most slip and fall cases. This means if someone of “average intelligence” should have noticed the hazard, the lawsuit will probably not succeed. However, when black ice is involved, the slip and fall case will depend on individual circumstances.
It is equally difficult to determine fault in a black ice accident involving motor vehicles. Therefore, it’s important to contact an experienced injury lawyer if you are hurt in a fall or automobile crash.
“Black ice can be treacherous, whether you are on foot or behind the wheel,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “Use extra caution, and, if you are involved in an accident of any kind, call us. Our highly qualified injury lawyers will fight to win the compensation you and your family deserve.”
Michigan personal injury laws are complicated, but finding the right lawyer is simple.
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