West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys at Recht Law Offices Warn Drivers of Winter Road Hazards After Driver Loses Control of Vehicle in Fatal Accident

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The West Virginia car accident attorneys at Recht Law Offices comment on report that a local driver died when her car ended up in a river after sliding out of control on black ice.

A lot of folks don’t know that ice—especially black ice—means you don’t have control of the vehicle in the way you do during good weather

West Virginia personal injury lawyers at Recht Law Offices are cautioning West Virginia motorists about the dangers of black ice after a driver lost control in a deadly crash involving icy roads, according to a story by WSAZ on Feb. 4.

According to the news report, a woman in her 30s lost control of her car when she hit a patch of black ice in Wayne County, W.Va., causing her car to plunge into a nearby creek and sink. The news station explained that investigators believe the car floated briefly before sinking and that troopers said rescue efforts were hindered by the creek’s high water depth and the location of the wreck.

A form of ice that is nearly invisible to the naked eye, black ice can make winter driving treacherous, particularly if a driver is drunk, distracted or going over the speed limit, said West Virginia car accident lawyer Steven Recht. Because many drivers don’t know the proper way to handle driving on icy roads, accidents such as this black ice crash are a risk during cold weather, Recht explained.

“As car accident attorneys in West Virginia as well as residents know, winter months can mean snow, white-outs due to blizzards causing poor visibility, icy streets, bridges and highways and dangerous road conditions overall,” Recht said. “At Recht Law Offices, we urge all drivers to check the weather before heading out on to the road.

“A lot of folks don’t know that ice—especially black ice—means you don’t have control of the vehicle in the way you do during good weather, “ Recht said. “ It only takes a split second for a close call to become something much worse, and it’s a moment that accident victims can't get back. Nor can they get back the time spent recovering from the sometimes catastrophic injuries of an accident, which can extend over years.”

According to WSAZ, authorities have not yet established whether the accident fatality victim in this case died due to car accident injuries or from drowning after driving her car off the road and into the creek. Recht said drivers, especially during winter months, need to avoid all distractions to keep themselves and everyone else on the roads safe. Drivers also should prepare their vehicles for difficult conditions, Recht said.

“In the winter, having all-weather tires or studded snow tires on your vehicle can help, but hazardous weather conditions such as black ice mean drivers simply have to be cautious and drive more slowly than usual,” Recht said.

About Recht Law Offices
Recht Law Offices handles all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, from car and truck accidents to nursing home abuse, slip and fall injuries and workers compensation claims. Their offices are located at 3405 Main St, Weirton, West Virginia. Reach the law firm by calling 1-800-HURTLINE (1-800-487-8546) or visiting http://www.rechtlaw.com.

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