This week we covered the tragic story of a one-car accident on Interstate 77 in Surry County that left a 3-year-old girl dead and the rest of her family badly injured. An initial investigation into the crash by the North Carolina Highway Patrol has found that the vehicle left the roadway due to an icy bridge.

Unfortunately, this is not the first accident to take place due to ice on a bridge or overpass. While you may have seen signs warning drivers about the dangers of slick bridges, it can be difficult to understand exactly how these dangerous conditions occur.

Why do bridges and overpasses ice before roads?

On bridges and overpasses, cold air and wind strikes the road from above, below, and from the sides. On roads, cold air only affects the surface of the pavement. Because the road over the bridge or overpass is more exposed to the elements, it is more likely to form ice. In addition, bridges often span cold areas, such as ravines, rivers, and streams. Finally, bridges are built with steel and concrete, two conductors that cause heat to be lost quickly.

How should you drive on an icy road?

If you are approaching a bridge or overpass that may be icy, slow down and avoid sudden movements, such as turning, accelerating, or braking. If you feel your vehicle sliding on the ice, stay calm and take your foot off of the gas pedal. Do not slam on the brakes; steer into the skid.

North Carolina automobile accident attorneys

Have you or a loved one been injured in a North Carolina car accident involving icy roads, a bridge, or an overpass? You may wish to speak with an attorney. Contact the Raleigh car accident attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates today to set up a free, confidential meeting.
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