Drivers in Florida can be ticketed for traveling so slowly that they impede traffic. As for other drivers, they need to watch out, too, because it’s all too easy to become angry and impatient when faced with a slow driver.
There are cases where a driver might understandably travel slow. For example, seniors may not be able to see the speed limit because of poor vision, or arthritis may keep them from exerting more pressure on the gas pedal. Other slow drivers may be newly licensed and lack confidence. Of course, these considerations do not take away from drivers’ guilt, but they are more acceptable than those drivers who, for example, travel slow because they are distracted.
Distracted driving is a growing form of negligence as more and more drivers are using their phones behind the wheel. Phone use takes away from drivers’ ability to make the right judgments based on what’s ahead of them. In scientific terms, the parietal lobe of the brain becomes 37% less active with phone use. This is according to the National Safety Council.
One should not tailgate or angrily pass on the right when faced with slow drivers. Rather, one should wait a minute, flash the headlights and, as a last resort, gently tap the horn to get the driver to move.
If a car accident occurs because a driver was traveling too slow or a driver became aggressive, then anyone injured and not at fault may be able to file a claim. Florida is a no-fault state, so not everyone can file a third-party insurance claim and seek compensation for both monetary and non-monetary damages. To determine how their case stands up to state laws, victims may ask for a legal evaluation. The lawyer may even assist with negotiations.