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Driving too slowly can be dangerous too

| Apr 17, 2020 | Firm News |

Drivers in Rhode Island have been taught to observe the posted speed limit on the state’s roadways. Following traffic laws applies every bit as much to driving too slowly as it does to traveling well above the speed limit. Both are dangerous. When a person is driving unreasonably slowly, it can also cause a traffic accident.

While it’s important to be cautious, driving dangerously slowly is not a measure of prudence. Other drivers may have to jam the brakes when they realize that a car is driving too slowly in their lane. This could lead to a chain-reaction accident when they are rear-ended by the motorist behind them. Alternatively, a person may need to change lanes to go around the slow driver. Every time a driver switches lanes, it increases the risk of a car accident.

Those who are caught behind an unreasonably slow driver should remain calm and stay patient. Doing something rash to get moving again can be dangerous. Instead, they should wait until it is safe to pass or change lanes. Of course, passing on the left is the preferred way of clearing the car. Before that, a driver should flash their lights and honk their horn to give the slow car a chance to move out of the way. How a driver reacts to a slow motorist can determine the degree of danger.

A slow driver can be the cause of a car accident because traveling well below the speed limit could be a sign of negligence. In such an accident, an injured individual may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. A personal injury attorney may help their client file a claim and negotiate a settlement. If there is no agreement reached, then the attorney may help their client file a lawsuit in court.

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