A car accident occurred recently after a car slid on black ice.  This tragic accident left one person dead near Big Chimney in Charleston, West Virginia (WV).  Two passengers were also injured and ultimately all three people were ejected from the vehicle, reports the Charleston Gazette.

My condolences go out the family of all involved.  I can’t help but wonder why the driver, who is ultimately responsible for the safety of the passengers, didn’t have everyone buckle up.  It is always tragic when an accident may have been preventable.  Statistics show that 63% of people killed in car accidents weren’t wearing their seat belts. 

This wreck also illustrates the danger of black ice.  So, what makes black ice so dangerous and what exactly is it?  Well it’s because black ice is virtually translucent that you don’t know you’ve hit a patch until you’ve lost control of your vehicle.  Buy it’s not just West Virginia that has been suffering from wrecks and accidents because of the black ice, its Virginia (VA), North Carolina (NC), and Maryland (MD) as well.

Black ice accidents frequently result in serious injury, such as broken limbs or head trauma, and or fatality. Thankfully, no one involved in any the accidents on Duke Street were seriously injured. These accidents highlight an important point though – roads can be just as dangerous after a snowstorm as they are during a snowstorm