Car Accident in Gastonia, North Carolina Leaves One Dead, One Injured | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A car accident in Gastonia, North Carolina (NC) Wednesday night left one person dead and another injured.

According to the North Carolina (NC) highway Patrol, a woman was driving a Honda Civic on highway 321 in Gaston County, North Carolina (NC) when she went off the road. She over corrected her vehicle, went under the cable links in the median, crossed to the southbound side of the road, and hit a tractor-trailer and another vehicle.

The car accident sent the driver of the tractor-trailer to a local Gaston County hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle struck in the accident was unhurt. Sadly, the driver of the Honda Civic died in the crash.

Over correcting is a major cause of car accidents. This is especially true with young drivers who have not experienced off roadway correction techniques first hand, but over correcting can affect any driver. All it can take is a small error or a distraction and the results can be tragic, such as the car accident that took place Wednesday evening in Gastonia.

If you find yourself in an off roadway situation there is a technique you can employ to avoid being the victim of another over correcting car accident. First, do not panic. Panic can lead to errors while operating a vehicle. Simply stop accelerating, do not break your vehicle. Once you have slowed to a lesser speed, gently ease the vehicle back on to the roadway, being careful not to jerk the wheel too suddenly or too far towards the roadway.

Since the risk of off roadway accidents is much greater in younger drivers, some local North Carolina (NC) driving schools have begun teaching techniques to avoid over correcting. They stimulate the situation in a controlled area at a much slower speed to give the learner practice.

Over correcting can happen in an instant and the results can be tragic. As long as you remain calm in the situation you will greatly reduce your chances of being in a collision.



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