Icy Bridges and Overpasses Resulting in Crashes Around San Antonio

Snow covered roadJanuary is generally a mild month in San Antonio, with temperatures hovering around 50 to 60 degrees. 2024 has been different. Winter storms have swept through all 50 states. San Antonio and other areas of Texas have seen heavy rain and even ice, which has led to dangerous conditions on the roadways.

Many roadways in San Antonio have seen icy conditions, leading to numerous car crashes. Elevated roads such as bridges and overpasses have been especially icy, causing multi-vehicle crashes. In mid-January, accidents were reported on local highways and streets, especially in northern San Antonio and northern Bexar County.

One crash involved a VIA bus, which collided with a van that provides VIAtrans rides near Loop 410 and WW White. Fortunately, there were no passengers in either vehicle, and there were no serious injuries. It was confirmed that icy conditions caused the crash.

Other crashes were reported on major highways such as Interstate 10, Interstate 35, Interstate 37, Highway 90, Loop 1604, and Loop 410. Due to icy roads, multiple VIA routes will take detours. Riders should visit https://VIAinfo.net/service-alerts for a complete list of detours.

When temperatures dip below freezing, it is best to avoid travel. If you do have to be on the roads, avoid bridges and overpasses. There have been reports of ice accumulating in Bulverde and Spring Branch on US 281, between FM 1864 and FM 46. Many vehicles have had difficulty climbing hills and negotiating ramps.

The Texas Department of Transportation is treating the roads to prevent ice accumulation. Drivers should watch out for crews.

Driving on Ice

If you encounter ice while driving, do the following:

  • Drive slow. Reduce your speed when driving on icy roads. This helps to maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Increase following distance. Leave plenty of space between your car and the vehicle in front of you so that you can safely stop or maneuver if necessary.
  • Avoid sudden movements. Abrupt movements such as quick acceleration, braking, or sharp turns can cause your vehicle to slide on ice.
  • Use winter tires. Winter tires are designed to provide better traction in cold weather conditions, including ice and snow.
  • Know how to brake. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. If your vehicle does not have ABS, gently pump the brakes to prevent skidding.
  • Stay calm. If you start to skid, remain calm. Steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes.

Contact Our San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys Today

Ice is a serious issue on the roadways this time of year. Ice causes slippery conditions that can cause vehicles to slide, lose traction, and even crash or go off the road.

Extreme weather conditions can lead to pileups and catastrophic car accidents. If you have been affected, get the help you need from the San Antonio lawyers from the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C. We can guide you through the legal process. Fill out the online form or call (210) 510-1111 to schedule a free consultation.