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Slow driving: a clear form of negligence

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2020 | Personal Injury

If you were injured in a car crash around Florence, Kentucky, you may be thinking about filing a personal injury claim. This will be the case if your injuries were so severe that the no-fault benefits, called personal injury protection, do not cover all the related monetary and non-monetary losses.

However, the next question is who was at fault for the accident. What if you were injured by a driver who was acting aggressively? What if that driver was reacting to another negligent driver, one who was traveling too slow? Another question to ask would be: Were you the one driving slow or aggressively?

The danger of slow driving

In this state, it’s wrong to drive so slow as to impede traffic flow. Yet it’s also wrong to tailgate or angrily pass a slow driver on the right. Both the slow driver and the one who responds with anger and impatience can be held at fault in an accident.

Four types of slow drivers

Some slow drivers may be less clearly negligent than others. For example, it could be that slow drivers are newly licensed and lack the confidence needed to travel the speed limit. Again, this doesn’t make them innocent, but it is understandable. The same goes for seniors with a condition that prevents them from going fast like arthritis or declining vision.

Perhaps the most negligent are distracted drivers. Distractions, phones above all, impair drivers’ ability to make correct judgments based on what they sense. The parietal lobe, which helps them in this, is made 37% less active with phone use, according to the National Safety Council. Anything that takes a driver’s attention from the road can also take the driver’s attention from the gas pedal.

A lawyer serving your community

Since Kentucky follows a comparative negligence rule, you may still be able to pursue a personal injury case even if you are partially at fault. In your effort to ensure the maximum settlement, you may want a lawyer to give your case personal attention and represent you at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.