Slow Driving Causes Philadelphia Car and Bus Accident
We all know that driving at unsafe speeds causes traffic accidents. Do you think this means driving too fast? Accidents can be caused by speeding, but they can also be caused by driving too slowly.
Types of Slow Drivers
- Inattentive Drivers Drivers distracted by multitasking — sipping a cup of hot coffee, eating breakfast , using a cell phone for voice calls or text messages, shaving, applying makeup — are not paying as much attention to their driving as they should.
- Mature Drivers Older drivers are more prone to vision problems than are most other drivers, for which they may compensate by driving more slowly. They drive too slowly because they have difficulty reading traffic signs, can't distinguish landmarks, aren't sure where they should turn, can't judge the distance between their car and the one in front of them. They're also more prone to having arthritis, which could affect their ability to depress the gas pedal very far.
- New Drivers Many newly-licensed drivers did not do a lot of driving before they passed their road test. They're often hesitant when they're out in traffic, especially on expressways, turnpikes, or freeways. More experienced drivers expect other drivers to be driving at the speed limit, or faster.
- Tourists A tourist is a person driving in an area that is new to them. The driver might either be sightseeing while driving or be unfamiliar with the traffic patterns in the area. Some tourists unfold unwieldy paper maps and spread them across their steering wheel.
Traffic Accidents Caused by Slow Drivers
Injury accidents have occurred when a car is moving too slowly in the far left lane of a road which has more than one lane in each direction. Imagine what happens when a car driving at the speed limit or faster on a multi-lane road catches up with a slow-moving car, one traveling more than 10 miles below the posted speed limit. The driver of the faster car slams on his brakes, narrowly missing the slower-moving car. The car behind the faster car is traveling at the same speed as that car. The driver of the third car doesn't expect the car in front of him to stop, and he hits the second car when it abruptly stops, pushing it into the first (slowly-driven) car. If the fourth car can't stop in time, that car will hit the third car.
Driving too slowly for traffic conditions can create dangerous situations, especially on expressways. Nearly all drivers on major highways travel at or above the speed limit. They don't expect to encounter a slow driver. Picture the driver of the faster-moving vehicle having to abruptly change lanes to avoid hitting the car that's traveling too slowly. This evasive action might save the car which is moving too slowly from being hit, but it creates the potential for a chain reaction injury collision to occur in the next lane.
Recently, two police officers ticketed a driver traveling 17 miles per hour in a no-passing zone having a speed limit ranging between 35 and 45 miles per hour. There were 18 to 20 cars backed up behind the slow-moving vehicle. The potential for more than one multi-car chain reaction injury accident was great. If accidents had occurred, the slow- moving driver would likely have been partially at fault. If you sustained injuries in any kind of any accident, call us for a free consultation.