A Nampa, Idaho resident was involved in a fatal car accident early Wednesday morning on Highway 78. A car heading northbound drove off the road, overcorrected, and rolled. The victim was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Investigators say the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
To prevent overcorrection, avoid panic-like steering. Jerking the steering wheel is a common reaction to an emergency or when your car is leaving the pavement. If your car leaves the roadway, gradually reduce speed and then ease your car back on the roadway once it’s safe to do so. It may be helpful to practice bringing your car back onto the pavement in a safe environment so you know exactly how your car reacts in these types of situations. Also, be aware of your car’s limits. It is always a good idea to maintain your tires and load vehicles properly. Finally, use caution on rural roads where rollovers are more likely to occur. According to the NHTSA, 75% of rollover accidents happen in rural areas. Be aware when your car leaves the roadway in a rural area, it may be more likely to strike a ditch or embankment and roll.