Ever since freezing rain and sleet fell over Dallas-Fort Worth Sunday night, schools have closed, flights have been canceled and traffic accidents have piled up.
Though roads are clearing, officials warn drivers to stay safe and to avoid driving if possible. Though the snow's stopped falling, road conditions are still in the red and could worsen again for the evening drive home.
According to weather services, no additional accumulation is expected, even if light sleet and snow flurries come again late this afternoon. It's what already on the roads that causing problems, especially once the ice melts and then refreezes.
Were You Hurt In an Ice-Related Accident?
If you're one of the unlucky drivers who've suffered an auto accident due to Fort Worth's icy weather, there are a few things you should know.
First, icy road conditions are not a defense in a car accident claim. If you hit someone else, you'll be responsible for the damages.
I know this seems unfair. After all, you didn't put the ice there! But as it stands, insurance companies can't make icy roads pay for car accident damages, and they certainly won't front the cost themselves. That puts the responsibility on you.
Alternatively, if someone hit you while driving over ice, they're likely responsible for covering the cost of damages (auto repairs, medical bills, etc.) and you'll file a claim through their insurance company.
To learn more about recovering damages after an ice-related accident, read Recovering Compensation After a Truck Wreck in Ice or Snow