Vehicle navigation systems and distracted driving

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The advancement of technology has made work more manageable in numerous fields, including the automotive one. Today, vehicles have interesting features, and one of them can be a navigation system. 

An installed GPS navigation system should be safer than a smartphone, as a driver doesn’t have to look away from the road or take their hands off the wheel. But is this always the case? 

Navigation systems have been linked with distracted driving, which means they may lead to an accident. Here is how this can happen.

Giving outdated information  

Roads change with time, and navigation system companies should stay informed to update their software accordingly. Systems giving wrong information is one of the leading causes of accidents.  For instance, a driver may be instructed to make a wrong turn on a one-way road, endangering other drivers.

Reacting to instructions late

A driver should pay attention to the navigation system to act accordingly on time. If a system instructs a driver to change lanes, exit or turn, and they respond late, the driver coming from behind is likely to crash into them.

Playing music too loud or having conversations with passengers are common reasons for delayed responses.

Programming the GPS

While installed navigation systems should eliminate the need for a driver to take their hands off the wheel, at times they may need to. For instance, in the case of providing outdated information, the driver may need to reprogram the GPS or find updated software. If they do this while driving or fail to ask a passenger to help them, they may cause an accident because it takes their concentration away from the road.

If you are injured by a distracted driver, you should get legal guidance to help receive the compensation you deserve.