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One of the common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Florida is overcorrecting. Too often, over correction propels a vehicle off the other side of the road or forces it into the path of oncoming vehicles. This could have been the tragic case in a recent fatal collision in Port St. Lucie that killed one and injured two others.

Authorities say that a 32-year-old man died after the Model-T Bucket car he was driving collided with a Chrysler Van on Port. St. Lucie Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Based on the preliminary investigation, the car was heading south on SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard near the SW Fisherman Avenue intersection when the vehicle ran to the right side of the roadway.  The driver overcorrected, and the car swerved back across both lanes of traffic. A Chrysler van traveling north on the boulevard struck the car on the side.

The driver of the Bucket car died at the scene. The female driver of the van suffered injuries that were non-life threatening and was taken to the hospital. Another person in either vehicle was also injured.

It happens too many times. Drivers realize they are off the road, overreact to the situation, and over correct to avoid being involved in a crash. However, turning the steering wheel quickly to swerve back onto the roadway may cause the vehicle to roll over, or collide with another vehicle when drivers go too far. This is a horrifying situation that can affect even experienced drivers.

Overcorrecting is an impulsive reaction of drivers when the right tires of their vehicle meandered from the road. Crashes due to overcorrection usually happen when drivers lose control of their vehicle due to inattentiveness, fatigue, drowsy driving, traveling at high rates of speed, mechanical failure, and drunk driving.

Drivers whose vehicle leaves the roadway may safely maneuver by taking their foot off the gas pedal and going straight until the vehicle slows down. They may then find a safe area to slowly reenter the roadway with their blinker on. While this sounds like common sense, many drivers panic and overcorrect when they realize that half of their vehicle is already off the road.