When cars come into uncomfortably close proximity of something, panic ensues. The driver may try to stomp their foot on the brake, speed up or try to veer their vehicle away from the incoming object. They feel they often have to react within a split second and try to get their cars away from each other with no regard to what else is on the road.
Unfortunately, this quick maneuver is often responsible for more harm than good. No matter what type of setting you find yourself in, pulling a quick swerve with your vehicle can put you into more danger than what you originally were going to crash into. As the air gets colder, the sky grows darker and the streets become more slippery, you should be aware of the risk of swerving your car too hard in a lane.
Hitting another object
People that swerve their vehicles frequently put other drivers on the road at risk. If the road has multiple lanes, the driver may not check their mirrors to see incoming traffic since they are trying to avoid their current predicament as fast as they can. Even if they were trying to avoid something else, most are still liable for the crash in this scenario and suffer both physically and financially as a result.
However, many of these accidents often happen on roads without many lanes or other motorists to endanger the driver. Instead, the driver underestimates the surrounding conditions and crashes into another landmark. Last week, there were two crashes in Missouri that were the result of a driver veering too much. One involved a driver trying to avoid another car ending up striking a culvert, and the other featured a man crashing into a pole after swerving to avoid an animal. Deer and other wildlife are often one of the most common causes of these types of accidents.
Flipping the vehicle
When a driver swerves to avoid crashing into an animal or motorist, they try to change the speed drastically within seconds and steer their car as much as they can. If there is a curb or pothole nearby, this driver is in serious risk of a rollover. While this primarily depends on what the driver hits during their actions, the drastic change in speed and turning can play a large role in this outcome, which can result in even worse damage and injuries than if the driver hit what they were avoiding.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns drivers that rollovers are the most common on country roads. The same could be said for a large portion of swerving accidents whether they end in a rollover or not. There are drivers with excessive speeds, a lack of polished roads and lanes, a higher chance of encountering wildlife and fewer police cars patrolling the area. As the winter approaches, the lack of maintenance around these areas will make these roads even more perilous.
If you were the victim of a driver’s hasting swerving, you may need legal assistance to help you file a claim against the negligent motorist. These drivers must be held responsible for their hasty actions.