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The hazards of slow driving

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Alabama drivers know that it is dangerous to speed. However, some drivers might not be aware that it is also hazardous to drive too slowly in certain environments.

According to traffic safety experts, there are several situations where driving under the speed limit can cause car accidents. For example, cars that travel slowly in the fast lane of a multi-lane highway could force other vehicles to pass it on the right, potentially leading to confusion and collisions. Meanwhile, cars traveling below the speed limit in residential areas could create hazards by forcing other drivers to brake to avoid rear-ending them. In addition, the above situations could increase the risk of road rage by making drivers angry.

Generally, there are a few different types of slow drivers, including distracted drivers, tourists, inexperienced drivers and seniors. Of those types, distracted drivers are one of the most common and dangerous, accounting for around 20% of all traffic-related injuries. When drivers encounter a slow-moving vehicle, traffic safety experts recommend that they keep calm and avoid making aggressive maneuvers to get around it. They should also resist making angry gestures or trying to provoke the other driver in any way. Instead, they can try flashing their lights or quickly tapping their horn to encourage the other driver to move out of the way.

Drivers who are injured in car accidents caused by other parties might be owed compensation for a variety of losses, including medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, property loss and emotional distress. A personal injury attorney may review a victim’s case and explain the legal remedies available.