A 45-year-old New Port Richey man was killed early Saturday after his pickup truck left State Road 50 and hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The man was traveling east on U.S. 50, just west of U.S. 19, around 6:45 a.m. in a 2004 Nissan Frontier.
According to troopers, the truck exited the road and the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to spin onto the south shoulder of the highway.
The truck then flipped and crashed into a tree. The driver was killed instantly, according to the FHP.
Overcorrection is actually a leading cause of fatal accidents. This usually happens when the driver steers too aggressively when attempting to avoid an object in the roadway or after losing control of the vehicle. Another common reason for overcorrection is when a motorist drifts out of the lane they are driving in and tries to swerve back onto the roadway. As this case shows, overcorrection can prove deadly when drivers lose control.
In order to avoid a dangerous crash, stay calm and breathe easily if you feel yourself starting drift out of your lane. Do not let panic sink in. Rather, let your foot off the accelerator and ease your vehicle back onto the roadway. While you are doing this, remember to keep your foot off the brake. In the event of a mistake behind the wheel, this practice can keep both you and your passengers safe.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Spring Hill or Brooksville, a Hernando County Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand how best to proceed. For a free consultation, please call us today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online.