Overcorrecting is a common, yet deadly, cause of motor vehicle accidents. Overcorrecting generally happens when a driver must change lanes suddenly or finds themselves veering into another lane and quickly jerks the steering wheel in the opposite direction, often while applying the brakes. This can cause the vehicle to become unstable, and sometimes a driver will panic, making the situation worse. This can sometimes lead to a rollover accident or the vehicle veering into oncoming traffic. Both the rollover accidents and the head-on collisions that can result from this occurrence are some of the most dangerous types of accidents.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a Cartersville Police officer has been killed in an accident in Paulding County.
The accident occurred just before 5:30 P.M. Thursday on Ga. 6 in Dallas.
The 32-year-old female police officer was off-duty at the time of the accident. She was driving her personal vehicle, a Kia Sorento. She was traveling east in the left lane when she traveled into the median. She swerved back into the lanes traveling east. She then over-corrected again, heading into oncoming traffic.
As her vehicle veered into the westbound lanes, a Jeep Renegade was switching lanes and struck the officer’s SUV on the passenger side of the vehicle. A 2012 Ford Fusion then rear-ended the Jeep.
The officer was rushed to WellStar Paulding Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The drivers of both the Jeep and the Ford were also injured and taken to local hospitals.
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