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The danger of invisible ice in Illinois

Roads don't have to look dangerous in Illinois to pose a real threat. Ice can be all but invisible on the black pavement and still send a truck sliding out of control. No matter how large or safe a vehicle is, ice can strip the driver of all ability to control the truck, with nothing that can stop it until it slams into another vehicle.

Professional storm chasers often get videos of trucks driving in dangerous weather as those trucks try to get out of the storm's path -- right when the storm chaser is going in. One such video shows a semi-truck already sitting in the ditch on the side of a hill, the trailer bent behind it and the cab facing the direction the truck was going.

As it sits there, another truck comes over the hill. The pavement looks black and clear, but the ice is there all the same, and the truck suddenly starts sliding out of control. The tires lock up and it slides off to the side, slamming right into the back of the first truck.

In a situation like that, a truck driver can't do much to regain control of the vehicle. That is why it is so important for all drivers to understand how fast they can drive in conditions. No matter how high the speed limit is, they may need to slow down when things get to be too icy.

If a truck driver was not careful enough and you were injured in an accident, make sure that you know your rights to compensation.

Source: Ice Road Safety, "Icy Roads: Accidents Caught on Video" Dan Robinson, accessed Mar. 03, 2015

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