Do GPS Systems Distract Drivers?

Monday, April 6, 2020

Do GPS Systems Distract Drivers?

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

GPS systems – or global positioning systems – are common devices that motor vehicle drivers use for getting directions to and from a destination. While some of these devices are external devices that a driver can mount in his or her vehicle, on many newer vehicles, GPS technology is directly built into the vehicle. Some drivers also use their smartphones for directions while driving. 

Despite the usefulness of recent driving technology, including GPS devices, this technology can still be distracting to drivers and may lead to accidents. If a distracted driver causes an accident that results in injuries to others, then the distracted driver may be responsible for the resulting injuries and damages. 

The Chicago car accident lawyers at Malman Law can investigate your car accident claim and determine whether distracted driving played a part. If so, our legal team can help you pursue a personal injury claim arising out of your accident and can help you with recovering the damages that you need. Please call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we can assist you.

How GPS Devices Distract Drivers

GPS devices – including those that are built into a vehicle’s onboard technology – can be distracting for drivers and can lead to serious motor vehicle collisions. Many GPS devices not only make sounds but also show images that direct a driver where to turn and which road to take while traveling to a final destination. GPS devices can divert a driver’s attention away from the road, causing the driver to look at the device instead of the road. A driver’s attention may also be diverted if the driver attempts to program (or re-program) the device while he or she is still driving. 

A driver who is paying attention to a GPS device instead of the road may do one or more of the following:

  1. Rear-end a motor vehicle in front of the driver
  2. Weave in and out of traffic or switch lanes into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  3. Cross the center line on a dual highway or road, resulting in a head-on collision
  4. Smash into a stationary object along the side of the road, such as a concrete block or median strip
  5. Strike a pedestrian who is lawfully present in the crosswalk at an intersection
  6. Disregard a traffic control device, such as a traffic light or stop sign, bringing about a serious collision

Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer about Your Accident Case Today

Distracted driving poses a serious risk to all other motor vehicle drivers on the road. If you are injured in a motor vehicle collision that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, the legal team at Malman Law may be able to assist. Our lawyers can investigate your accident and may be able to file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit for damages on your behalf.

To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by President and Founder, Steven J. Malman who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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