Slow driving may be as dangerous as speeding

The risks of driving too fast are obvious, and speeding does lead to car accidents in Georgia and all over the country. However, driving too slowly can also be dangerous. In fact, a number of states have laws that penalize drivers for doing it. Slow driving can increase accident risk by causing confusion, disorganization or catching other drivers off-guard.

When a slower driver makes his or her way in the left-most lane of a multi-lane road, for example, other drivers may be forced to use the right lanes to pass. This can lead to an increased accident risk. Slow drivers often fall into one of four categories, distracted drivers, tourists, newly-licensed drivers and elderly drivers.

Distracted drivers are among the most dangerous on the road. In 2009, 20 percent of injuries related to car accidents were linked to distracted driving. Tourists can also increase accident risk on the road as they often look around to see the sights. Even if they maintain normal speeds, tourists may lack the familiarity of the area necessary to move with the flow of traffic.

Young or newly licensed drivers are also more likely to drive slowly as they have yet to develop confidence behind the wheel. Senior drivers tend to drive more slowly than others as well. The American Association of Retired Persons offers courses to help keep drivers up to speed. People who suffer injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver may be entitled to recover for damages. An attorney might be able to help in such a case by gathering documentary evidence in preparation for trial or identifying potential sources of recovery.