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Avoid This Dangerous Driving Mistake: Overcorrection

Overcorrection of your vehicle while driving can be a deadly mistake.

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Consider this common scenario. You are driving on the highway, and suddenly you need to change lanes quickly. Will you remain calm and subtly maneuver your vehicle, correcting it without causing any harm to anyone? Some drivers fail to do this. Instead of staying calm, they panic and either suddenly slam on the brakes or suddenly turn the steering wheel to one side. The driver may lose control of the vehicle in such a situation, resulting in a serious car accident with catastrophic injuries.

Consequences of Overcorrection

Overcorrection is a common cause of car accidents. It often causes rollover accidents if the car turns sharply, even if the speed is moderate. Rollover accidents are often quite serious and may lead to serious injuries and extensive vehicular and property damage. Many of the rollover accidents occurring on Missouri roads are caused by inexperienced or young drivers who have not learned to make subtle adjustments to bring the vehicle back into the lane. Unfortunately, overcorrection accidents do not just cause injuries to the driver at fault, but also involve innocent drivers and pedestrians who may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In car accidents caused by overcorrection, the driver at fault may be held responsible for all injuries and damages caused to other parties. The injured victim or the dependants of someone killed in the accident may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at fault.

Tips to Prevent Overcorrection

The following are suggested safety tips to prevent overcorrection mistakes while driving.

  • While driving, make sure your hands are at the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel. This will help prevent you from making a sharp steering maneuver.
  • It is important to remain calm in the event that the vehicle starts to leave the lane. If you panic, the chances of making a mistake are higher.
  • Avoid hitting the brakes suddenly. Instead, slowly release the accelerator to slow down the vehicle to gain control.
  • If you are on pavement, simply maneuver the vehicle into the correct lane.
  • If you are off the road, turn the steering wheel slightly towards the right direction, and then leave it to return to its correct position. This will generally bring you back to your correct direction.

Despite your best efforts to drive safely, there is always the chance that you may be involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was distracted or negligent in some other way. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer to ensure your legal rights are protected.


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Updated: October 10, 2022