According to the Insurance Information Institute, overcorrecting, also known as oversteering, accounts for 4% of all fatal accidents. The larger the vehicle, such as trucks and SUVs, the greater the chance for a rollover when overcorrecting. While it cannot always be avoided, a driver may avoid overcorrecting by steering into a skid. Slow down, even if you must take your vehicle over onto the shoulder. If the skid sends you onto the shoulder, do not try and get back onto the roadway immediately. Countersteering carefully can help to prevent you from veering into another lane. As soon as you have recovered, accelerate slowly to normal traffic speed.
The Union-Recorder reports on a rollover crash involving a fire truck that seriously injured the driver.
John Patrick Richardson, 49, works as a full-time firefighter with the city of Social Circle Fire Department.
Last Friday morning, Richardson and fellow firefighter Lester Pittman were en route to a structure fire when the accident happened just before 12:30 p.m. Richardson was driving the 2013 Sutphen Guardian fire truck on Hawkins Academy Road.
As he was attempting to negotiate a left turning curve, he ran off the right side of the roadway and ended up overcorrecting to the left. As it was traveling off the roadway, the fire truck rotated clockwise. The vehicle then began rolling. The vehicle continued rolling, coming to a stop on the right side of the roadway.
Richardson remains hospitalized at Grady Memorial, where he has already undergone surgery.
Pittman was treated and released from Piedmont Walton hospital.
The accident remains under investigation.