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Drivers who go too slowly, and what to do around them

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2019 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

On multilane roads, Georgia motorists will most likely encounter the occasional slow driver on the left-hand lane. A slow driver can wind up impeding the flow of traffic, making other drivers impatient and raising the risk for an accident. Driving too slowly is a moving violation as well.

It’s important to keep in mind the four types of drivers who tend to travel too slowly. There are, first of all, the distracted drivers. Phone use in particular will impair drivers’ judgment. They will slow down to concentrate more on the phone and be incapable of quickly reacting to dangers. The second group are tourists, who are probably unfamiliar with the area’s traffic patterns and speed limits to begin with. They will slow down to soak in all the sights.

The other two groups are on opposite poles: seniors and the newly licensed. The former may drive more slowly because of health conditions like arthritis, which stiffens the joints and reduces their pressure on the accelerator, and poor vision, which makes them more cautious or prevents them from seeing the posted speed limits. Teens, on the other hand, may drive slowly because of lack of confidence. It’s not difficult to maneuver safely around slow drivers. Flash the headlights or honk the horn, but always be patient.

When distracted driving causes motor vehicle accidents, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Those who are injured through little or no fault of their own may want to seek legal assistance with their claim as insurance companies are often unwilling to pay out compensation.

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