How Dangerous is Driving too Slow?

A slow-moving vehicle in front of you may cause intense frustration, but they also pose a risk to your life and the lives of everyone else on the road. While law enforcement agencies and safety advocates focus on how speeding kills, they rarely spend time speaking about how driving too slow also comes with risks.

Why People Drive Under the Speed Limit

Driving under the speed limit happens for a variety of reasons. For example, if you’re lost, you tend to drive slower as you attempt to find your way. However, the following groups tend to do so more often than others:

  • Distracted drivers often slow down as they text, eat, drink or perform any other activity that takes their attention off the road.
  • As people age, they tend to driver slower because of impaired vision, slower reaction time, or other physical or mental ailments.
  • Teenagers are often criticized for driving too fast, but not all teenage drivers speed. Some drive slowly due to inexperience.
  • Tourists taking in the sights and driving on unfamiliar streets often drive slowly.

Regardless of why a driver is driving below the speed limit, accidents occur. Driving too slowly can often be as hazardous as speeding, particularly when someone moves too slowly in the fast lane of a highway. Louisiana law requires that slower traffic keep right, and faster traffic keep left. If someone is driving 40 mph in the fast lane of a highway that has a 70 mph speed limit, it can lead to a dangerous situation.

If you are injured in an accident due to an at fault driver, contact our New Orleans car accident attorneys at The Womac Law Firm today to discuss your case. We can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Call (504) 470-3935 or contact us online today to learn more.


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