Overcorrection of your vehicle while driving can be a deadly mistake.
Consider this scenario. You are driving on the highway and suddenly you need to change lanes quickly. You remain calm and subtly maneuver your vehicle, correcting it without causing any harm to anyone. However, some drivers fail to remain calm and instead panic, either suddenly slamming on the brakes or suddenly turning the steering wheel to one side. In such a situation, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, resulting in a serious car accident with catastrophic injuries.
Consequences of Overcorrection
Overcorrection is a common cause of car accidents. Overcorrection can also lead to a rollover accident 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 learnt the skills of making 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 involves innocent drivers and pedestrians that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In cases of car accidents caused by overcorrection, the driver at fault may be held responsible for all injuries and damages caused to other parties. The victim who is injured in the accident, or the dependants of someone killed in the accident may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at fault.
Tips to Prevent Overcorrection
Following are suggested safety tips to prevent overcorrection mistakes while driving.
- While driving, make sure your hands are at the 10 and 2 position on the steering wheel. This will 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.
- If you are on pavement, simply maneuver the vehicle onto 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 would bring you back to your correct direction.
Seeking Help From a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an overcorrection accident, consult with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.