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Do GPS Units and Apps Cause or Prevent Car Accidents in North Carolina?

Jan 26, 2023 Brown Moore Car Accidents

Navigating North Carolina’s various highways and roads has become much easier in recent years thanks to the rise of GPS units and apps. Now, even if you’re in an unfamiliar part of the state, you can easily find your way to your destination thanks to GPS directions.

However, you may be wondering whether GPS apps and units have an impact on auto accident rates. There are no conclusive answers to questions on this topic. As this blog will explain, various factors can play a role in the degree to which GPS causes or guards against collisions.

GPS and Car Accidents in North Carolina: Important Information

GPS units and apps can have both positive and negative effects on car accidents.

On one hand, GPS units and apps can help prevent car accidents by providing drivers with accurate and up-to-date directions, which can reduce the likelihood of getting lost or making a wrong turn. They can also alert drivers to traffic congestion, construction, and other potential hazards, which can help them make safer and more informed decisions on the road. Additionally, some apps also have features that help drivers avoid accidents such as real-time traffic updates, and warning for speed cameras and other potential hazards.

On the other hand, GPS units and apps can also contribute to car accidents. Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents and GPS units and apps can be a distraction for drivers. Drivers may take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to read the GPS or type in a new destination, which can increase the risk of an accident. Additionally, some drivers may become too reliant on their GPS and ignore traffic signs and signals, which can lead to accidents.

It is important to note that the use of GPS units or apps while driving is not illegal, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers pull over to a safe location before using a device to program or adjust a GPS or other navigation device.

In conclusion, GPS units and apps can have both positive and negative effects on car accidents. While they can help prevent accidents by providing accurate and up-to-date directions and alerting drivers to potential hazards, they can also contribute to accidents by distracting drivers and causing them to become too reliant on the device. It is important for drivers to use their GPS units and apps responsibly and avoid distractions while driving.

Contact a North Carolina Car Accident Attorney

As the information here demonstrates, whether a GPS unit protects a driver or puts them in harm’s way can depend to some extent on how a driver uses their GPS app or unit. That said, even if you’re a cautious motorist, it’s possible you’ll be involved in an accident one day because someone else is negligent.

Has this already happened to you? If so, review your case with a North Carolina auto accident attorney at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC to learn more about pursuing compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other such losses. Get started by contacting us online or calling us at 704-335-1500.