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Another Reason Why You Should Contact a Connecticut Accident Attorney After You Have Been Injured

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

I just read on one of the self-help legal websites a request from a 19-year-old, who was representing himself in a serious car accident case. He was asking personal injury attorneys what he should do because the insurance company offered him $12,000 for his case and he did not think that was enough money. Unfortunately, this young man has greatly compromised his claim and has made it much more difficult for an experienced personal injury lawyer to jump in after he has handled this case up until this point on his own. The part I found most interesting was that he was sophisticated enough to know that $12,000 for his case was not enough to properly compensate him for his injuries, but the other side of that coin is that he had no idea what his case was worth.

If you’ve been injured in some type of Connecticut accident case involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, bus, hit-and-run accident, drunk driver, slip and fall, trip and fall, dog bite attack, premises liability case, or any other type of accident case you will probably not have a clue as to what your case is worth. So how could this young man represent himself and expect the insurance company to make him a fair offer when he does not have any idea as to the value of his case? He is allowing himself to be put in a position where the insurance adjuster will tell him what his case is worth which is, in all likelihood, significantly less than its real value.

Not only do most non-lawyers know how to evaluate a personal injury case but most non-personal injury lawyers would not know how to do that either. If you have been seriously injured in a Connecticut accident case then you need an experienced Connecticut accident attorney. You would not want to go to a divorce lawyer or estate and trust lawyer or criminal lawyer or real estate lawyer and ask them to represent you because chances are they would have little or no experience in representing someone in a personal injury case. In most cases, this non-practicing personal injury lawyer would probably not know how to properly develop your case let alone tell you the value of your injuries.

If you have been seriously injured in a Connecticut accident then you need to speak with experienced Connecticut accident attorney immediately. There is so much that you need to know, and there are a number of things which you should not be doing and there are also a number of things that you should be doing. In order to assist Connecticut accident victims, we have written a comprehensive Connecticut accident and injury law book. You can download the book, for free, by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. This book has a lot of valuable information in it which will educate you on what you need to do in order to assist your lawyer help you get more money for your case.

You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut accident attorneys and get your questions answered over the telephone. If you would prefer, you can schedule a free in office consultation, where we will review the facts of your case with you and advise you as to what you should be doing. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to develop your case. We are only paid a fee and we only recover our costs if we are successful in collecting money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will owe us no legal fees and no costs. We take all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on getting better. Do not make a mistake in attempting to represent yourself because it might be too late once you decide you need to hire an experienced Connecticut accident lawyer. Do not delay, get this very valuable information today!


Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured in some type of car, motorcycle, truck, dog bite attack, slip and fall accident, premises liability case, medical malpractice action, pedestrian accident, hit-and-run accident, bicycle accident, or some other type of Connecticut accident resulting in injury, there are a great number of issues that you need to discuss with an experienced CT accident lawyer as soon as possible. If you do not have your case properly investigated, at the earliest possible moment, then you run the very real risk that you can severely jeopardize your case because of mistakes that you might make that may be irreversible.

We have all heard the expression “honesty is the best policy,” and nowhere is this saying more important than in your dealings with your CT Accident Lawyer. Insurance companies and defense attorneys have databases of information regarding your past medical care, medical history, accidents that you have been involved in, motor vehicle violations that you have been charged with, insurance claims that you have filed, lawsuits that you have been involved with, your criminal history, and just about any other information which you could possibly think of. If you lie to your attorney, because you think that if this information became known it would hurt your case, then you will be seriously harming the potential value of your case because once this information becomes known by the insurance company’s lawyer, then your credibility will be seriously undermined. So make sure you keep any and all lies from your Connecticut accident lawyer.

When you go in to see a CT accident lawyer or personal injury attorney it is extremely important that you be honest with that lawyer from the very start. If you have been involved in previous accidents, let your attorney know that fact. If you have pre-existing injuries that affect the same body parts that have been injured in this current accident, let your attorney know that fact. If you have prior insurance claims, if you have a criminal record, if you have received a number of motor vehicle violations, and if there is any other information which you feel would be in your best interest to keep private and or lie about then you must be honest with your attorney and give that information to your lawyer.

Our CT accident lawyers have been representing injured parties and their families, as well as the estates of deceased persons killed in wrongful death actions, for decades. We have been nationally recognized for our work and have received a number number of prestigious awards and accolades. We also know how to handle information which might later prove to be harmful to our clients by making that known up front. Our website contains a wealth of free information that has been provided so as to enable the reader to develop a greater insight into Connecticut accident law.

Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a copy of our free book. Learn what you should be doing, what you should not be doing, how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker, and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your personal injury case. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our CT accident lawyers. We will be happy to answer your questions and advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys where we can review your case in detail and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also fill out our brief online form and give us some very basic information about your case. We will then contact you. We will even travel to your hospital or home if you are unable to get out. Get this very important, FREE, information today.

How To Find One Of The Best CT Injury Lawyers For You!‏

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How To Find One Of The Best CT Injury Lawyers For You!‏

The decision as to what Connecticut personal injury attorney or accident lawyer to hire should not be taken lightly. If you have been seriously injured in some type of accidents, if a loved one has died as the result of the fault of another, or if you have been the victim of medical malpractice you need to do some research before hiring the first ct injury lawyer that you come upon. So what are some of the characteristics or qualities that you should be looking for in a lawyer that you are looking to interview to find out if that person is the right match for you?

It is important that the CT injury lawyer that you are looking to hire has substantial experience in the representation of injured parties and their families. You will also want to look into what awards or special recognition the lawyer or lawyers have obtained. You will want to know if the lawyer or lawyers have any specialized training or experience. You might want to research whether or not they have published any books or written any articles on any of the subjects that you are interested in learning more about. You will also want to conduct a telephone interview of several individuals to determine if you wish to proceed with an in office interview. After you have narrowed down your list to several choices, you would then want to interview each attorney in person to determine which lawyer might be the best Connecticut accident attorney for you.

Our Connecticut accident lawyers and CT injury lawyers have been helping injured parties and their families for decades. Our attorneys have been nationally recognized for their work and have received numerous awards. One or more of our attorneys have received the following recognition: New England Super Lawyer (Top 5% of all personal injury lawyers in New England); Connecticut Super Lawyer (top 5% of all personal injury lawyers in Connecticut); an AV rating by Martindale (awarded to less than 5% of all lawyers nationally); member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Member of the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers; 100 Top Trial Lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers; Superb Rating (10/10) by AVVO, its highest rating; Member of the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors; inclusion in numerous publications for best lawyers and best attorneys.

One of the firm’s attorneys has also received the distinguished Toastmasters award by Toastmasters International its highest designation. This same attorney has also received advance negotiation training at the Harvard Law School and has also been trained as a mediator at both the Harvard Law School and the Center for Mediation in Law.

How To Find One Of The Best CT Injury Lawyers For You!‏

One of our attorneys has written 12 books on subjects dealing with accident and injury law. One such co-authored book went to number one on Amazon.com for its launch date which deals with how insurance companies try to pay injured parties less money for their cases and what they can do about it. Another book was co-authored with a former insurance adjuster that has been sold to personal injury attorneys throughout the country, which advises them how to get more money for their injured clients’ cases, and has sold for almost $800.00 as an ebook. This same attorney is also a syndicated legal columnist.

Our CT injury lawyers and accident attorneys have produced over 100 videos on a variety of topics dealing with Connecticut accident law. We also have published hundreds of articles and blog posts dealing with car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and run accidents, uninsured and underinsured motorist issues, slip and fall and trip and fall cases, dog bite cases, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, and a variety of other topics involving injuries and damages.

Our CT injury lawyers and accident attorneys are changing the way that traditional personal injury law firms do business. We think and act differently. The way we change the status quo is to give our clients free books, which we have written, full of practical information and advice that will tell accident victims how to get better quicker, how to get better medical care, how to properly develop their case, and what they can do to help their attorney get them more money for their injury claim. This free information can be obtained by visiting www.HCWLAW.com or by calling us toll free at 888-842-8466.

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Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured by a CT drunk driver and the driver of the vehicle has no insurance. Are there other sources where you can turn to for money damages? There could very well be a number of other sources that you could look to in an effort to obtain money damages for your serious injuries. One of the ways that you might be able to collect money damages would be through any and all applicable under-insured or uninsured motorist policies that would cover you at the time of your accident. This is a complicated area of the law and you need to consult with an experienced CT drunk driving lawyer or injury attorney at the earliest possible moment.

There could be other potential ways to collect money damages and one such way might be through Connecticut’s Dram Shop Act Statute. Connecticut’s dram shop act states in relevant part that: if any person, or such person’s agent, sells any alcoholic liquor to an intoxicated person, and such purchaser, in consequence of such intoxication, thereafter injures the person or property of another, such seller shall pay just damages to the injured person. There are a number of other requirements in the statute that set forth restrictions and/or limitations on how you can collect money damages in such a situation. It is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut accident attorney or injury lawyer that is familiar with handling cases under Connecticut’s dram shop act.

Connecticut jury instructions section 3.17 sets forth the law as it relates to the dram shop act. That instruction provides as follows, to establish that the defendant violated the statute, the plaintiff must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that: the defendant or its agents sold alcoholic liquor to the person who caused the plaintiff’s injuries; that the person that caused the plaintiff’s injuries was intoxicated at the time of the sale; and in consequence of that intoxication the person that caused the plaintiff’s injuries did so pursuant to the statute.

If you have been seriously injured by a CT drunk driver in any town or city in Connecticut you need to contact an experienced accident attorney or injury lawyer who is familiar with both CT drunk driving accidents and the dram shop act. There are time limitations under which notice must be filed with the offending party. There may be matters which need to be investigated immediately. The longer you wait the greater the likelihood is that you will prejudice your CT drunk driving case and either greatly reduce the value of your injury claim or completely destroy your claim because you are outside of one of the notice provision requirements.

Our Connecticut injury attorneys and accident lawyers have been representing injured parties and their families for decades. Our nationally recognized attorneys have received a number of very prestigious awards as a result of their experience in handling cases for others. In an effort to educate consumers and injured parties about what they should and should not be doing, we have written the book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” This e-book is available as a free download on our website which is located at www.HCWLAW.com. This book provides you with very valuable information that you must read before you make a mistake and severely undermining the value of your case. Our Connecticut accident attorneys and injury lawyers are also available to speak with you by phone. Please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with us immediately. You can also schedule a free in office consultation where we will review the facts of your case at length and will advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also fill out our brief online form and tell us about your case and we will then contact you.

Our office handles all accident and injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we are not paid unless on until we recover money damages for you. Our office will also advance all of the cost to properly investigate and develop your case. Those expenses will not be repaid to us unless and until we collect money damages for you. In other words you have no financial exposure in hiring us. We take all the financial risks so you can concentrate on getting better. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

Middlebury CT Car Accident in Sends Three to the Hospital

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Three individuals were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after an Middlebury CT car accident.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a Middlebury woman made a left hand turn into the parking lot and may have pulled out in front of the other car.

The driver’s side door had to be cut off of her vehicle so that emergency response crews could get to the driver, a 53-year-old Middlebury woman.

The occupants of the vehicle were a 48-year-old Middletown woman and a 29-year-old Colchester man.


read more: http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/articles/car-accident-sends-three-to-hospital


How To Collect Money Damages When You Are Injured in Multiple Accidents: How CT Law Apportions Damages When Your Doctor Cannot

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A person is involved in a car accident, caused by the fault of another and injures their lumbar spine. Before the injured party has concluded their medical treatment they are involved in a second car accident where another injury occurs to their lumbar spine. The physician, who treats each injury, is unable to determine which accident caused what percentage of disability to the injured party’s spine.

The issue that comes up in this fact pattern is; how does a person get compensated for a permanent injury that was the result of one or more accidents? In other words, if the total disability to the lumbar spine is 20%, who is responsible for all and/or part of that percentage when the treating orthopedic doctor cannot attribute what the percentage of permanent disability was caused by which accident.

Connecticut has an apportionment statute, C.G.S. § 52-572(h), so the question is whether a jury can be called upon to apportion damages among multiple defendants in multiple accidents that have caused the same or similar injuries to the plaintiff.

The CT Appellate Court addressed this issue in the case of Card v. State. In Card, the plaintiff was injured in three separate accidents that occurred within seven months of each other. A lawsuit was filed as to each of the three defendants. The Plaintiff treated with the same doctor for each of
the three injuries.

At trial, the Plaintiff’s physician testified that each of the three accidents was a substantial factor in contributing to the Plaintiff’s injuries but it was impossible to determine to a reasonable degree of medical certainty how much of the total disability was attributable to each accident. The doctor ultimately testified that each of the three accidents contributed equally to the permanent disability suffered by the Plaintiff.

The verdict was appealed and the CT Appellate Court indicated that the trial court should not have allowed the doctor’s testimony into evidence because it was speculative and therefore inadmissible. However,
the Appellate Court also held that the Court should not have granted the Defendant’s motion to set aside the verdict obtained by the plaintiff in the trial court.

The Appellate Court went on to state, in analyzing our apportionment statute, 52-572(h), that in the rare case where damages cannot be
apportioned between two or more accidents, the plaintiff who can prove
causation should not be left without a remedy. One response to situations in which a jury is unable to make even a rough approximation of damages, is to apportion them equally among the various accidents.

The Card Court held that if the jury could not make even a
rough approximation, in each case, the jury must apportion the damages equally among each party whose negligent actions caused injury to the plaintiff, including settled or released persons as contemplated by the apportionment statute.

So if you receive injuries to the same or similar body
part(s), in multiple accidents, and your doctor cannot apportion the injury as to each accident, you can still receive compensation.

Drunk Driving: Declining or Evolving? A New Look At Statistics from the CDC and NHSC

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Over the past decade, huge strides have been taken by Federal, State and Municipal governments to prevent drunk driving. Beyond spending money on police officers and new detection techniques, the government is investing money into research, so that they can identify and lessen the causes and occurrences of drunk driving.

Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a new federal report.

The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants. “One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC statistics are based on a 2010 national telephone survey of about 210,000 U.S. adults. The respondents were kept anonymous. Nearly 1 in 50 said they’d driven drunk at least once in the previous month. That equates to about 4 million Americans driving drunk last year. About 60 percent said they drove drunk just once, but some said they did it daily.

That led to a CDC estimate of more than 112 million episodes of drunk driving in 2010. That’s more than 300,000 incidents a day.

CDC officials lamented that finding; still, it was the lowest estimate since the survey question was first asked in 1993, and down significantly from the 161 million incidents in the peak year of 2006. Young men ages 21 to 34 were the biggest problem, accounting for just 11 percent of the U.S. population but 32 percent of the drunken driving incidents. The overwhelming majority of drunk driving incidents involve people who had at least four or five drinks in a short period of time. But binge drinking has not been on the decline, other health research suggests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also noted signs of an apparent recent decline in drunk driving. According to that agency’s latest data, the number of people killed in U.S. crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers dropped from 11,711 in 2008 to 10,839 in 2009. “While the nation has made great strides in reducing drunk driving over the years, it continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads — claiming a life every 48 minutes,” added David Strickland, the agency’s administrator, in a prepared statement.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve evidence and your case. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate. Get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” today by calling toll free at (888) 842-8466 or by visiting us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on healing.

Get Answers to Your Stamford Connecticut Speeding Accident Worries

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When you are seriously injured in a Stamford  Connecticu sppedng accident you have so many questions. Do you speak to the insurance company of the at fault driver? How do you investigate the Stamford Connecticut speeding accident? Who will interview the witnesses? How are all of your bills going to be paid? Who will pay you while you are out of work?

These are all important questions that need immediate answers. Don’t delay in getting the answers you need. Call us today.

Establishing a violation of Connecticut case law or common law or a Connecticut General Statute or statutory laws can prove determining fault in a Connencticut motor vehicle accident. How people are to operate a motor vehicle are set forth in article 14 of the general statutes. One such section might you able to prove a violation of could be speeding , which states:

Sec. 14-219. Speeding. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle (1) upon any highway, road or any parking area for ten cars or more, at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any occupant of such motor vehicle, but not the life of any other person than such an occupant; or (2) at a rate of speed greater than fifty-five miles per hour upon any highway other than a highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; (3) at a rate of speed greater than sixty-five miles per hour upon any highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; or (4) if such person is under eighteen years of age, upon any highway or road for which a speed limit of less than sixty-five miles per hour has been established in accordance with subsection (a) of section 14-218a, at a rate of speed twenty miles per hour or more above such speed limit.

Our Stamford Connecticut speeding accident and injury lawyers answer client calls and emails promptly so you can get answers to your important Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions. You can rest assured that your case will get the attention it deserves. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate.  Also, many answers to your Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions can be answered by downloading copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. You can also call us free at (888) 842-8466 or visit us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on getting better.

We Can Relieve Your Bridgeport CT Car Accident Concerns

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case you experience a great deal of pain, you are tremendously concerned about what to do and you are scared and anxious about how you will be properly compensated for your losses. These concerns are very common and very real. We are here to help you through this very difficult time.

The first issue that must be proven in a personal injury case is
liability. In other words, you must first show that someone else cause or is responsible for the accident which result in the injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff. One way that you can establish liability is by proving first that the defendant violated one of the Connecticut General Statues related to fault. One of the statutory sections you might be able to prove was violated by the defendant is:

Sec. 14-222. Reckless driving. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state, or any road of any specially chartered municipal association or of any district organized under the provisions of chapter 105, a purpose of which is the construction and maintenance of roads and sidewalks, or in any parking area for ten cars or more or upon any private road on which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-218a or upon any school property recklessly, having regard to the width, traffic and use of such highway, road, school property or parking area, the intersection of streets and the weather conditions. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any person other than the operator of such motor vehicle, or the operation, downgrade, upon any highway, of any motor vehicle with a commercial registration with the clutch or gears disengaged, or the operation knowingly of a motor vehicle with defective mechanism, shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at a rate of speed greater than eighty-five miles per hour shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section.

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case, you need to take a number of steps to strengthen the value of your claim and there are a number of things you could do to harm your case. Find out what to do and what not to do by ordering our FREE comprehensive book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or order it online at www.hcwlaw.com. By properly developing your Bridgeport CT Car Accident case from the start, you can increase the amount of money you can get for your injuries.

Avoiding Accidents While Driving on Black Ice: How New and Inexperienced Drivers Can Be Better Prepared To Drive On Icy Roadways

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A common cause of winter motor vehicle accidents is a condition known as “black ice.” Black ice is a coating or a glaze that forms on roadway surfaces, sidewalks and driveways generally due to freezing rain or because of the melting and refreezing of snow or ice. It is commonly called black ice because it is clear and looks like the black surface which it covers.

Black ice forms without creating bubbles or the white sheen that is seen on most ice covered surfaces. Black ice is very dangerous because it is very hard to detect until you are right on top of it. Black ice usually forms when the temperature is just around the freezing point. Black ice can also form on roadways due to the heat of the tires which causes the ice to melt and then refreeze.

Black ice can be especially dangerous to the new or inexperienced driver so it is important to review a number of safety tips to help avoid these winter driving accidents.

An important consideration is to understand when and where black ice forms. Generally, black ice will form in the early morning hours or at night when the temperature drops or when the sun is not out to warm the roads. It can also be commonly found on roads that do not get much sunshine because the sun is blocked by trees or other objects. It can also be found more frequently on surfaces that are less traveled upon.

These slippery surfaces are more common on overpasses and bridges because cold air is able to pass over and under these roadways causing them to freeze faster. The roads located under bridges and overpasses also tend to freeze quicker because they are shielded from the sun. So if you are driving during these times or on these types of roadways be especially careful and always be prepared for the possibility of encountering black ice.

Although black ice is clear, so it can be very difficult to see under most driving situations, it can be easier to see under certain lighting conditions or if you are looking for it. Most times, black ice is very smooth and very glossy so the roadway without black ice will appear a dull black color. If the roadway looks shiny then you are probably about to drive over black ice. Another indication is if you suddenly see cars sliding, skidding or swerving for no apparent reason then black ice is probably present on the road. Although you will not always be able to detect black ice it is helpful to be on the lookout for it and to constantly assess the roadways you are on and what lies ahead.

One of the best ways to prepare a newly licensed or inexperienced driver to  for these driving conditions is to practice driving on ice, in a controlled and safe environment, like a large empty parking lot, with an experienced driver. Practice braking and steering on ice to get a feel for how the vehicle reacts. Allow the new driver to get a feeling of how the car reacts and practice safe and defensive driving techniques. Be sure to teach, review and practice a number of safety tips such as:

  1. In driving on black ice it is best not to panic or hit the brakes and do not turn suddenly to one side or the other. Generally, you should do as little as possible and just allow the vehicle to safely pass over the slippery surface;
  2.  If you feel the back of your vehicle sliding out to the left or right, gently and slowly turn the steering wheel in the same direction. If you try and turn your vehicle in the opposite direction then you run the very real risk of spinning out of control and getting into an accident;
  3. Once you realize you are about to go over or on black ice take your foot off of the gas pedal and keep your steering wheel, whenever possible, in the same direction it is in when you entered the icy surface;
  4. If you are driving a vehicle with a standard transmission, and it is safe to do so, downshift as the lower gears will give you more control;
  5. If you are able to steer to an area that is not covered in black ice or is sanded, and it is safe to do so, slowly go to that area;
  6.  Realize that black ice is patchy so you should hopefully find better traction shortly;
  7. If you skid and are going to go off of the road try and steer towards something that will cause the least amount of damage possible like an empty area; and
  8. After you have had your black ice encounter stay calm and if you must continue driving do so very cautiously. Flash your lights to warn oncoming traffic of the hazard they are about to encounter.

You can also do several things to reduce your risk of getting into an accident if you should encounter black ice:

  1. Do not drive, whenever possible, in conditions that are especially dangerous;
  2. Make sure your vehicle is functioning properly including having the proper tires and tread depth;
  3. Travel with your lights on so you can more easily spot black ice and be more visible to other vehicles;
  4. Drive slowly and keep a safe distance apart from other vehicles;
  5. Do not have any distractions about or around you; and
  6. Make sure your windshield is cleared so you can properly see outside your vehicle.

Using these safety tips and techniques can help you to prevent a winter driving accident and can save you, your family members or others on the road from suffering a serious injury or even death.