Overcorrecting the steering of a vehicle which has begun to go off the road can sometimes make a dangerous situation even worse. Such was apparently the case in a recent Tennessee car crash. Ultimately, the tragedy left one young man dead and three car occupants injured. The accident occurred at an intersection on Highway 100 in Hickman County.
A trooper responding to the scene of the wreck reported that a 23-year-old male was driving a vehicle which began to veer off the road. Allegedly, the young driver made an attempt to correct his mistake and, in doing so, caused his car to swerve into traffic headed in the opposite direction. A 59-year-old female was driving an oncoming vehicle when the two cars crashed into one another.
The oncoming vehicle carried two other passengers, both of whom required a helicopter flight to a university medical center for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the car that had originally gone off the road died at the scene of the accident. The injured passengers were reported to be in critical condition. It appears that the driver who survived the crash was also injured, though it was also reported that she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
This is surely not the first time in Tennessee where overcorrection of steering appears to have led to a car crash. State law allows anyone injured in a similar accident to file a personal injury claim in court against the party or parties deemed responsible — in this case, that would appear to be the estate of the deceased driver. A successfully navigated legal claim could result in a monetary judgment in favor of the injured party. Any financial damages recovered could be used to help offset any medical bills, loss of income or other financial losses incurred due to an accident.
Source: wsmv.com, “1 killed, 3 injured in Hickman Co. crash”, Larry Flowers, Feb. 2, 2015