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A GPS can cause car accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2020 | Car Accident

GPS technology has changed the way that people drive. You no longer have to fold a map over your steering wheel or print out instructions or listen to someone tell you what landmarks to look for and hope you remember. Now you can just punch your destination in the GPS, using the address or the coordinates, and the computer quickly finds you the best route. It can even route you around road construction and other hazards.

As beneficial as this technology is, it can cause car accidents. The biggest issue is that it is a distraction. If you’re looking at the screen or even just listening to the voice instructions, you may get too distracted from what is actually happening on the road around you. The distraction just gets worse if you try to type in your destination while you drive or if you need to change the destination on the fly.

You also face risks from drivers who will blindly obey the GPS without really thinking about what they’re doing. For instance, a driver could be in the far-left lane of the interstate when the GPS tells them to take the next exit. They frantically merge across four lanes of traffic to try to make it. Or you have drivers who hear the GPS say something like “turn right now” at an intersection, and they just blindly do so, regardless of the light or the other traffic.

Have you gotten injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver? You may have a right to compensation for your medical bills.

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