Reasons Why Timid, Overly Cautious Drivers Can Be Dangerous

scared woman behind the wheelAggressive drivers are a risk to everyone on the road, but there are many other types of dangerous drivers. For instance, fearful drivers who are overly cautious can also increase the risk of a collision. Too much caution can cause a crash because other drivers are not expecting it. Excess caution can quickly cross over into negligence, as these drivers may cause confusion by not following the rules of the road.

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In this blog, we explain the different types of timid driving and how these actions can lead to various accident types. We also discuss steps drivers should take if they encounter a timid driver.

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Different Types of Timid Driving

There are numerous examples of overly cautious driving behaviors that could increase the risk of a collision.

For instance, some drivers constantly drive below the speed limit, even on roads with higher speed limits, like highways and interstates. This is incredibly dangerous because most other drivers are not expecting it and may be traveling at a much faster speed. This can slow traffic, forcing trailing drivers to have to make dangerous lane changes to get back up to a safer speed.

Other examples of timid driving behavior include:

  • Accelerating slowly: Timid drivers do this at traffic lights and highway on-ramps. This disrupts the flow of traffic.
  • Taking too long to change lanes: This often happens when merging. This often forces trailing drivers to suddenly slam on the brakes.
  • Uncertainty at junctions or exits: Timid drivers are often unsure of where they are going, and this causes them to take too long to make decisions. Suddenly, they stop or make unexpected lane changes, which can lead to collisions.

Why Are Some Drivers Like This?

Newer drivers and elderly drivers are more likely to be overly cautious. Newer drivers just need more experience to help overcome their anxiety. However, older drivers often have slower reaction time and visual or hearing impairment.

There are also some scenarios that can cause drivers to be timid behind the wheel, such as during heavy rain. Drivers may slow down and brake much quicker than necessary. Drivers may also be more careful when transporting cargo, although this is understandable.

What Makes Timid Drivers a Hazard on the Road?

Timid drivers’ lack of confidence or experience behind the wheel can cause them to hesitate and set themselves up for certain types of collisions:

Rear-End Crashes

Some drivers may brake unexpectedly, which can cause a rear-end collision. This may happen if they are unsure of how to get to their destination and they are looking for a turn.

If these drivers get rear-ended, they might not be at fault. The trailing driver may have been following too closely.

Rear-end crashes could also happen at high speed on an interstate because a timid driver is going way too slow.

Four-Way Stop Crashes

Timid drivers may hesitate at a four-way stop and confuse other drivers, even though the timid driver has the right of way. This may result in two cars proceeding into the intersection at the same time. This could cause a side-impact crash or even a head-on collision if one driver tries to make a left turn.

Merge and Yield Accidents

Timid drivers often struggle with merging into fast-moving traffic from on-ramps or when changing lanes. This is often caused by going too slow or taking too long to decide when to merge.

Multiple Car Pileups

Fearful driving can trigger a multi-car pileup, such as if a driver brakes suddenly or takes too long to merge. Driving too slowly could affect the reaction time of other drivers who are driving at a much faster speed.

What Should I Do if I Am Involved in a Crash with a Timid Driver?

If you think the other driver caused the crash through his or her negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. You must provide evidence of negligence and your damages, which is why it is vital that you discuss things with a licensed attorney.

You should call 9-1-1 at the scene, so the police can document the collision and gather information from everyone involved. When possible, document the crash scene while waiting for the police to arrive, such as by taking pictures.

You should go directly to the hospital from the scene, as this helps link any injuries doctors diagnose with the collision.

In Louisiana, drivers who cause crashes can be held liable for the damages that result. This means that if another driver was overly cautious and violated the rules of the road, he or she may be liable for your damages. Your lawyer can help you seek compensation from that driver’s insurance company.

Steps to Take to Prevent Collisions with a Timid Driver

If you encounter a timid driver, keep your distance. Change lanes when possible and if you cannot, you need to expect the unexpected, such as sudden stops or lane changes.

While you are waiting for your chance to change lanes and get away from a fearful driver, be patient and avoid distractions. If you are not careful, you could get into a crash that may be partially your fault.

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