Overcorrecting has led to numerous motor vehicle accidents

Post on behalf of Thomas J. Ueberschaer PA on Friday September 16, 2016

Even though driving students are taught how to handle a passenger car, there is often no substitute for experience when it comes to regaining control of it when something goes wrong. Fortunately, most drivers are rarely — if ever — put into a situation where they have to do so. However, this could explain the fact that many drivers overcorrect and cause numerous motor vehicle accidents here in Florida and elsewhere.

For example, a pickup truck was headed east on a Florida city street. Somehow, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and it crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The driver attempted to regain control of the pickup. However, when she did so, she overcorrected.

The momentum created by her actions caused the pickup to begin to spin before flipping onto its side. The vehicle then slid, and its roof slammed into a utility pole. It finally came to rest on the driver’s side on the south shoulder of the roadway. The driver survived the crash and was in serious condition at an area hospital at last report. Her passenger, however, died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the impact. 

As the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, the family of the deceased passenger retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Should the evidence establish that she was negligent, and that her actions caused the death of their loved one, a civil court could consider an award of damages. Any restitution received from a successfully litigated claim could help with the financial losses often incurred in the aftermath of deadly motor vehicle accidents.

Source: weartv.com, “One killed in Perdido Key single car crash“, Kristie Henderson, Sept. 4, 2016

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