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Driving too slow is a safety hazard

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2020 | Car Accidents

Drivers in Georgia are not supposed to go so slow as to impede the reasonable flow of traffic. Besides being illegal, slow driving is unsafe, especially because it can cause others to become impatient or aggressive. It’s not unknown for people to tailgate or angrily pass by slow drivers with little regard to their surroundings.

Drivers are expected to be safe in every situation, though. If a slow driver is backing up traffic on the left-hand lane of the highway, the first thing to do is be patient and wait a minute for that driver to change lanes. If the slow driver is inattentive, one can then flash the headlights or honk the horn, albeit gently.

Distractions can make drivers unaware of how slow they are going. In particular, phones can have a negative impact on driver attention. For example, they reduce activity in the parietal lobe of the brain by 37%, according to the National Safety Council. Other slow drivers may simply be tourists looking at sights or newly licensed drivers too insecure to travel fast.

Another possibility is that a slow driver is a senior with a health condition. Worsening eyesight can prevent seniors from seeing the posted speed limit while arthritis may stiffen their joints and make acceleration hard.

Those who are injured in a crash involving a slow driver may pursue a personal injury lawsuit, though if they acted aggressively in the face of that slow driver, they will likely share part of the blame. With proper legal assistance, they may prepare a strong case against the other driver’s auto insurance company.

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