Overcorrecting is one of the most common driving mistakes that police officers see drivers make, especially inexperienced drivers. Overcorrecting occurs when an unexpected situation occurs, and the driver turns the steering wheel too sharply in one direction, usually to avoid a collision. The forward momentum of the car continues, causing the rear of the vehicle to go in another direction. An inexperienced driver will almost immediately turn the wheel in the opposite direction, leading to a complete loss of control. In many cases, this causes the vehicle to roll ever.
These kinds of situations are the cause of many one-vehicle accidents on roadways. 11 Alive reports on a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of one child and left two other children injured.
Police initially believed that the accident may have been a hit-and-run, but now say that the accident was a single-vehicle collision.
The accident occurred on I-75 north in Clayton County at 6 pm on Sunday near Charles W. Grant Parkway.
A 2011 Ford Explorer carrying a family of five was traveling northbound when a blue sedan failed to maintain its lane and drifted into the lane in which the Explorer was traveling.
The driver of the Explorer swerved to avoid a collision and then overcorrected. The vehicle rolled. The blue sedan, which was identified as having New York plates, continued on I-75.
At the scene, a two-year-old girl was pronounced dead. Another child, who is five-months-old was transported to a hospital in critical condition. A four-year-old girl was taken to the hospital suffering from minor injuries. The mother and the father were treated at the scene by paramedics.
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