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Could a GPS be responsible for a crash?

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A driver is waiting at a stop sign for your vehicle to cross through the intersection. You don’t have a stop sign, so you don’t even have to slow down. But then, inexplicably, a driver pulls into the intersection just as you’re going through and tries to execute a turn.

When you get out of the car after the crash, they tell you that their GPS told them to “turn left now.” When they heard that instruction, they simply turned. They say the GPS is at fault, but is it?

Drivers are still in control of their vehicles

There are some rare situations in which a GPS may be responsible for a crash. If the company that designed it was negligent and it’s been constructed in a dangerous and defective manner, they may be able to claim that it was unsafe.

As a general rule, however, they can’t blame the GPS. The driver is still ultimately in control of their car. They have to use common sense and make the right decisions.

In the example described above, the driver should have known that the GPS meant that they had reached the spot to turn and they should do so when it was safe to proceed. This requires them to check for cross traffic. If they didn’t do so, regardless of what the GPS told them, that is still their error. They would be responsible for the crash.

If you do find yourself in this position, you may be facing high medical bills because of someone else’s mistake. Be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.