A recent car accident involving two vehicles happened after one driver did not take a curve correctly. She over-corrected and skidded sideways into oncoming traffic, colliding with another vehicle. Unfortunately, three out of the six people involved in the accident died soon afterwards, and as of June 3, the other three people were hospitalized in critical condition.
Because the skidding vehicle was the reason behind this accident, we want to give you a few tips on what to do if you find your car skidding. Of course, the best thing to do is avoid a skid in the first place. This is best done by making sure you are driving appropriate for the current conditions. Icy or wet roads mean you should showdown. Slow down for curves. Do not attempt to accelerate too quickly for the current road conditions. Brake carefully in harsher weather conditions. Do not assume if you have a bigger vehicle (pick-up truck or SUV) that you can drive faster in snowy or icy road conditions. Overall, be a smart driver, and you can often avoid skidding.
If you find your vehicle skidding, there are several things you can do to recover from the skid. First, keep both hands on the wheel. Second, take your foot off the accelerator or the brake if going too fast or trying to stop too quickly was the cause of the skid. Third, look in the direction you want to go, and continue looking in that direction, even if you car starts to spin.
The direction you steer is also important. If it is an all-wheel skid, as would happen if you tried to take a curve while going too fast, or if it is a rear-wheel skid, steer in the same direction the back-end of the car is going. With a front-wheel skid, straighten the steering wheel.
Even if you are able to avoid skids and get yourself out of one if you ever do find your vehicle skidding, not all other drivers are going to drive as carefully. If you are the victim of an accident, you will need an auto accident attorney. Contact us to learn what we can do to help you.