A one-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 26 in Bingham County, Idaho on August 16th, 2015 has resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man from Richfield, Idaho. The man was identified as Marcus Richcreek; he was a passenger in the vehicle and was partially ejected and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. According to the Bingham County sheriff officials, Marina Bartell was driving a 2004 Hyundai SUV when she drifted off the right side of the road. Bartell then overcorrected causing the vehicle to roll. Bartell and two other passengers were transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot. Everyone involved were wearing his or her seatbelts. The incident is still being investigated.
Drifting off the side of the road is a scary thing but it is important to remember not to overcorrect because it can make things much worse. There are some important things to remember when you have drifted off to help prevent you from overcorrecting. The first thing to remember is to stay calm and not panic. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and resist the urge to immediately whip the vehicle back to the road. Second thing to remember is to ease off of the accelerator, and if needed to break gradually. The third is to be smooth in your actions. This is especially important when breaking or turning. Jerking or sudden actions can cause you to lose control as well as causing you to overcorrect.
While these are all important tips to remember to help prevent you from overcorrecting the most important thing is to pay attention and watch out. To watch out for things around you is important at all times, but especially if you have drifted off of the road. Paying attention and not being distracted while driving will help you from drifting off of the road in the fist place. As defined by The United State Department of Transportation there are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual and cognitive. Remember to not only keep your eyes on the road but your mind as well.