Amy Overstreet was driving her ’95 Honda Civic early in the morning on Monday, December 14, 2009 when tragedy struck. She encountered a patch of black ice on Old Graves Mill Road in Lynchburg, Virginia (VA) and lost control of the Civic leading to a deadly collision with a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Mrs. Overstreet was just 30 years old. My deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.
Black ice is one of the most dangerous aspects of winter weather driving. When you drive in snow, at least you can see it on the streets. Conversely, black ice is virtually translucent and by the time you know you’ve encountered it, you’ve lost control of your vehicle.
Our law firm has written articles about the dangers of black ice in Virginia (VA) and its ability to cause major car accidents and serious injury. Most drivers in the Commonwealth aren’t accustomed to driving in difficult winter weather because big snows aren’t the norm (the average snow fall in Norfolk, Virginia is 0.98 inches per year), but it’s a challenge you need to be prepared for. Remember the old adage – better safe than sorry. It’s better to take the necessary precautions for winter weather driving than wind up in the hospital with a broken back or traumatic brain injury after getting into a major car crash in a snow storm.
Nevertheless, if you suffered a serious injury in a car wreck due to the other driver’s carelessness, even if it may have involved black ice or other winter weather conditions, consider giving our law firm a call for a free consultation. We possess experience handling black ice car crash cases.