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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2016NovemberCould GPS Be Causing Trucking Accidents?

Could GPS Be Causing Trucking Accidents?

GPS navigation systems have been cited as the cause of many an accident, mostly due to the distracted driving that comes with typing an address in and trying to interpret the directions. For many truckers, GPS systems pose a problem even more serious than distracted driving, putting themselves and other drivers at risk every time they lose focus.

On the other hand, GPS systems often take trucks down roads that are only accessible to passenger vehicles. If truck drivers don’t pay attention to their route, a catastrophic truck accident may result.

The Dangers of Trucks on Roads Designed for Passenger Vehicles

Trucks traveling down a road for passenger vehicles can cause serious damage. For example, if a truck driver fails to avoid a low overpass, it could collide with surrounding cars or risk collapse of the overpass itself.

Many trucks who diverge from truck routes meet with situations like the following:

  • Low overpasses
  • Narrow lanes
  • Low-weight bearing bridges
  • Limited sight distance
  • Steep grades

Because the average GPS cannot differentiate between cars and trucks, it doesn’t guide trucks through approved roadways. This can cause damage not only to the truck driver, but to surrounding cars as well.

Technological Advances

As a solution to this problem, GPS systems have been designed specifically for truckers, and apps are available for safe guidance. Many truck-specific GPS devices also include calendars and maintenance reminders to help truckers stay on top of daily responsibilities. These are good and necessary functions for improving the safety of the road.  

While GPS devices may be a cause of trucking accidents, they are certainly not an excuse for them. If you or a loved one have been harmed in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of our skilled Houston truck accident attorneys.

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