Slippery Black Ice Likely to Form on January 21 and January 22

As I write this on Saturday morning January 21, 2012 the temperature is below freezing and the snow is falling, with an estimated 3 to 6 inch snow total in the New York City and Long Island area.  Later this afternoon the temperature is expected to rise to the upper thirties, which will cause some of the snow to melt or turn to slush.  When the temperature drops below freezing tonight the melted snow will turn to ice creating dangerous and slippery conditions on January 21 and  22, 2012. Snow melt that re-freezes as ice is often referred to as black ice, as it can sometimes be hard to see, and blends in with the pavement.  However, just because black ice is hard to see does not mean that homeowner's are not responsible for preventing, removing or warning of it, since its formation is foreseeable based upon the weather forecast.  In fact as I listen to the forecast on the radio they are warning of snow melting today and re-freezing as black ice tonight on January 21, and in the morning of January 22. A slip and fall on black ice can be very dangerous for pedestrians since it is easy to lose one's balance and fall.  Black ice can be very dangerous to motor vehicles since braking on ice may cause a vehicle to lose control resulting in a motor vehicle accident. If you are a property owner you need to make sure that all of the snow is removed from your walkways, driveways and sidewalks.  Make sure that snow piled along the side of walkways, driveways and sidewalks are not piled in such a way that it can remelt on to those surfaces where it can re-freeze and form black ice.  If you pile snow in such a way you are creating a more dangerous condition than if you did nothing at all. If you are a motorist, drive slow, and leave yourself plenty of time to come to a stop when braking.  Remember, you should be expecting slippery conditions. If you are injured due to snow or ice you should contact a personal injury attorney experienced in handling snow and ice injury cases such as the law offices of Zalman Schnurman & Miner. Zalman Schnurman & Miner are personal injury attorneys which handle accident cases including slips and falls on ice and snow, and motor vehicle accidents in hazardous weather conditions in New York. The New York Personal Injury attorneys of Zalman Schnurman & Miner can be reached at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463).  Consultations are always free.  All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis and thus there is no fee unless there is a recovery. If you are injured in NY due to ice or snow, or the formation of black ice, call the New York personal injury attorneys of Zalman Schnurman & Miner at 1-800-LAWLINE.

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