A 17-year-old high school senior died in a head-on collision on Highway 55 near Cove City, North Carolina (NC), early in the afternoon of May 30, 2012. The crash occurred when the driver of the car in which the teen was a passenger ran off the road, overcorrected and swerved into the path of an oncoming box truck.
Two men in the truck sustained injuries and had to be transported to a nearby hospital. Police said charges are pending against the car's driver.
My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have recently focused on the problem of young drivers having more overcorrection accidents than older, more experienced drivers. While it is too early to say with certainly why the at-fault driver went off the side of the highway, it is clear that a panicked reaction led to an accident in which one person lost her life and two people were injured.
All drivers must maintain control of their vehicles at all times. Speeding, becoming distracted or passing unsafely put drivers at risk for running onto the shoulder, curb or sidewalk. When that happens, drivers must slow down and ease their way back onto the roadway. When they jerk the steering wheel, accidents too often result, many of them deadly.