car accident lawyers, we know that one frequent cause of auto accidents is driver overcorrection.
The term "overcorrection" refers to an instinctive, understandable
(and also dangerous) driving behavior. Let's say you momentarily lose
control of your vehicle and drift out of your lane - or off the road.
When you realize what is happening, you jerk the wheel sharply, overcorrecting
your initial mistake. Often, when drivers overcorrect, they totally lose
control of their vehicles: overcorrecting is a common catalyst for run-off-the-road
accidents, rollover accidents, and head-on collisions.
A driver's initial loss of vehicle control can happen for a wide variety
Distracted driving. Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, eating, or fiddling with
the radio are especially prone to overcorrection accidents. You only have
to look away from the road for a second to allow your vehicle to drift
out of its lane.
Drowsy driving. Falling asleep at the wheel - only to suddenly awaken and discover you're
running off the road or veering out of your lane - is another common cause
of overcorrection accidents.
Impaired driving. Whether due to alcohol consumption or drug use (including prescription
drugs), impaired drivers are considerably more likely to cause accidents
But sober, responsible drivers can also make overcorrection errors. It's
impossible to get rid of every single distraction: most Missouri drivers
would probably admit that they've caught themselves drifting off the
road after reaching for a soda, or scanning a playlist to find a specific
song. In that single moment of realization, the decision you make can
be a crucial one.
Operation Stop offers the following advice to drivers in an effort to prevent accidents
caused by overcorrection:
To survive, memorize this. EASY OFF EASY OFF... Stay calm and easy. Don't
let the momentary feeling of panic take over your better judgement. Take
your foot off the accelerator and ease the vehicle back onto the pavement.
And keep your foot off the brake. The sudden sound of the tires going
off the pavement can be terrifying to the best and most experienced driver.
It is how the driver reacts, in what can only be described in a moment
of panic, that will determine the outcome of this mistake.
Additional safety resources for drivers:
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers serve auto accident
victims in Columbia and the surrounding areas, including Jefferson City,
Centralia, Ashland, Kirksville, Fulton, Holts Summit, Boonville, Hannibal
and Moberly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused
by another driver's negligence, our firm may be able to assist you.
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