Icy roads hit Houston this week as a wave of freezing rain, snow, and sleet moved into the area. At least 24 roads were temporarily shut down because of ice, and the number grew as road conditions worsened. Over 300 collisions on icy roads were reported in a 9-hour period. Fortunately, schools were closed and many people were home from work, or there may have been more accidents.
Icy roads are not the norm in Houston, so many drivers are not equipped to handle the roads. The city of Houston also does not have the infrastructure to clear all of the roads in the event of bad weather. In most cases, if icy or snowy weather does occur in Houston, you need to stay off the roads. If you absolutely must get out, you can reduce your risk of an accident by slowing down, keeping your distance from other vehicles, ensuring that your windshield wipers are working, and being extra cautious on bridges and ramps.
You have a responsibility as a driver to use the degree of care that an ordinary driver would use under similar conditions. If roads are icy, you have a clear duty of care to drive carefully, slow down, use your brakes properly, and drive slowly. If you were in an automobile accident that occurred because of the negligent driving of another driver, or because of the carelessness of the driver of the car in which you were a passenger, you can collect damages. The damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your vehicle, pain and suffering, and more.If you have been involved in an accident in the Houston area that was caused by bad weather and a negligent driver, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. They may be able to help. Call them today at 855-947-0707, or visit them on LinkedIn to learn more