Is Slow Driving Dangerous?

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Speeding drivers aren’t the only ones who can cause accidents. Motorists who drive too slowly can also cause significant collisions on Alabama roads. Driving below the speed limit can impede traffic and create dangerous conditions that may result in crashes and injuries.

At Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., we want to educate drivers about the hazards of slow drivers and what they can do if they find themselves on the wrong side of a slow driving accident.

What Are the Risks of Driving Too Slowly?

Speed limits are carefully determined to maximize traffic flow while keeping drivers safe on Alabama roads. While speeding can endanger lives, so can driving too slowly. Driving significantly under the posted speed limit can impede the flow of traffic. Slowing down traffic can result in blocked lanes, dangerous passing situations, and hazardous turning conditions.

In some cases, going too slow can cause other drivers to make unexpected or quick adjustments. Coming upon a driver who is driving too slowly can cause sudden braking, rear-end accidents, side-swipe accidents, or result in another driver losing control of their vehicle.

Alabama Law on Driving Too Slowly

While speeding can result in a traffic violation, driving too slowly is also a traffic offense in Alabama. The state prohibits drivers from operating their vehicles at slow speeds that impede the normal and reasonable traffic flow. Reduced speeds are acceptable only when necessary for the safe operation of a car, such as in inclement weather conditions or when approaching law enforcement or emergency vehicles.

Slowing of Traffic and Risk of Road Rage

Slow driving can also lead to an increase in road rage incidents. While there is never any excuse to be aggressive behind the wheel, slow drivers who impede traffic may cause traffic jams and other problems. Other drivers can quickly lose patience and cause a crash due to road rage.

What to Do If You’ve Been the Victim of an Accident Caused by a Slow Driver

If you are involved in an accident caused by a slow driver, stop and contact authorities. Make sure to get medical attention immediately. If possible, document the scene of the crash. Take photos of the accident, exchange information, and get contact information from witnesses.

In the days and weeks after the crash, you should continue with your medical treatment plan and keep all follow-up appointments. Your health should be your top concern. Medical documentation can be crucial to a slow-driving compensation claim.

Victims of slow driving accidents should keep all bills, receipts, and documents related to expenses incurred from the crash. Also, refrain from venting about the accident on social media. 

You should consult with an experienced Alabama slow-driving accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you navigate the aftermath of an accident and pursue the fair compensation you deserve. 

Contact Our Experienced Alabama Car Accident Lawyers Today 

If you are injured in an accident involving a motorist is driving much slower than the speed limit, trust the knowledge and experience of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. We have been helping accident victims recover compensation since 1966. We have the knowledge and resources to fight for the money you’re due. 

Contact our office today to set up a free case evaluation.

After joining the Morris firm in 2004, it was his first venture into plaintiff’s personal-injury law. While he’s been co-counsel in numerous trials, he quickly took on the role of being the chief brief writer and appellate attorney in the office.