Distracted driving, sometimes caused by the use of a GPS system, is a leading cause of vehicle accidents. For victims of these crashes, knowing their legal rights and options for recourse is critical. This article provides an overview for New York residents who have suffered injuries or vehicle damage due to a GPS-related accident.

GPS Systems Can Be Faulty: How Navigation Errors Lead to Car Accidents

GPS systems are commonly used by drivers to navigate roadways and direct them to their destinations. However, GPS technology is not foolproof, and errors can occur, potentially leading to dangerous car accidents. Victims of GPS-related accidents in New York may have legal recourse to recover damages with the help of a law firm like Tucker Lawyers.

With the prevalence of GPS navigation systems in vehicles today, it is important that drivers remain alert and attentive and do not solely rely on the directions provided. All technology has limitations, and by exercising caution, drivers can avoid becoming another statistic in GPS-related car accidents. Victims of such events can find advocates to help them through the legal process in firms focused on vehicle accident law.

Common Scenarios: When GPS Causes a Crash in New York City

Victims of vehicle accidents caused by GPS devices in New York City should be aware of their legal rights. The No. 1 contributing factor to motor vehicle accidents in New York State is distracted driving, such as the use of a GPS system.

There are two common scenarios in which the use of a GPS device can lead to a crash:

  • Distracted driving
  • Dangerous or inefficient routes.

Those injured in such crashes may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Tucker Lawyers, a personal injury firm with over 25 years of experience helping clients in New York, recommends that anyone in a crash caused by another driver’s distraction or improper use of GPS promptly seek medical attention and legal counsel. Call us at (519) 399-2364 for a free consultation today!

Your Rights as a Victim of a GPS-Related Car Accident


Victims of GPS-related accidents in New York may be entitled to compensation for damages. The at-fault driver is typically liable for any injuries or property damage that occurs due to their negligence in relying too heavily on GPS navigation. Negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care. In this case, it could mean:

  • Not paying adequate attention while driving
  • Blindly following GPS directions into unsafe situations
  • Failing to use common sense to determine that the GPS instructions were flawed
  • Not exercising caution or remaining in control of their vehicles at all times.

Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages to help them address their losses.

Infotainment Systems and Driving Products

GPS systems are not the only technological auto accessories that can lead to accidents. There is a seemingly countless number of car accessories meant to improve the driving experience that ultimately may make driving more dangerous.

Infotainment systems are one of these products. Car entertainment systems have been replaced by infotainment products that entertain as well as provide a slew of information for drivers. What makes many of these products dangerous is the manner in which they are operated. The attention they require detracts from the attention drivers must pay to their surroundings when driving a vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Answers and Information

GPS and related products can often cause accidents. If you’ve been injured because of one of these products, we can help you understand the issues involved and what you can do about your losses.

  • What types of accidents are covered?

    Tucker Lawyers handles a range of vehicle accidents caused by GPS systems, including collisions from incorrect directions, delayed updates leading to hazardous routes, and distraction from GPS devices. Accidents of this nature that result in injury or property damage may be eligible for compensation.

  • How long do I have to file a claim?

    In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a vehicle accident claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, it is best to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible following an accident to ensure all evidence is preserved and the strongest possible case can be built.

  • What damages can I recover?

    Damages that may be recovered in a vehicle accident claim include:

    • Medical expenses: Costs for emergency services, hospital stays, rehabilitation, medication, etc.
    • Lost wages: Payment for time missed from work due to injuries
    • Pain and suffering: Compensation for physical and emotional distress from injuries
    • Wrongful death: In the event a fatality results from the accident, the victim’s family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages
    • Loss of enjoyment of life: Payment for loss of ability to participate in hobbies, social activities and exercise.
  • How much will a lawsuit cost?

    Tucker Lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis for vehicle accident cases. This means there are no upfront costs or fees to the client. Tucker Lawyers collects only payment if they recover damages on the client’s behalf. All litigation expenses are also paid from the settlement amount at the conclusion of the case.

  • Do I need an attorney?

    While not always required, hiring an experienced attorney for a vehicle accident claim is highly advisable. Tucker Lawyers’ legal team has recovered over $100 million for clients and has the resources to stand up to large corporations.

  • Can I sue the employer of a truck or delivery driver who injures me in a GPS-related traffic accident?

    It is likely that you can sue a truck or delivery driver’s employer if the truck driver behaved negligently with their GPS. Through the doctrine of vicarious liability, employers can be held liable for the negligent behavior of their employees.

  • How long will my accident injury case take?

    It depends on the circumstances of your case. With little to no major issues with liability or evidence, your case could be resolved in a couple of months. However, it could take more than one year if any complexities are present, such as multiple defendants, poor evidence, or missing witnesses. Fortunately, with swift action, you can avoid many of the evidentiary problems that often arise as time goes on.

We’re ready to help you and answer your questions. Call us to speak with an experienced accident attorney about your case today.

Tucker Lawyers does not settle for less than its clients deserve!

Get the Compensation You Deserve: Why Hire Tucker Lawyers?


Tucker Lawyers’ team of dedicated attorneys has secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers.


The attorneys at Tucker Lawyers have an impressive understanding of New York’s traffic regulations and laws and know how to build a solid case for damages.


While Tucker Lawyers takes an assertive approach to holding negligent parties accountable, it also provides empathetic counsel and guidance to clients.


The attorneys of Tucker Lawyers work on contingency, meaning they don’t get paid unless you win your case.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, New York drivers need to exercise caution when relying on GPS devices for navigation to avoid accidents that could result in injuries or property damage. Victims of GPS-related car accidents in New York have legal options to pursue compensation.

By contacting an experienced personal injury law firm like Tucker Lawyers, victims can get answers to their questions and determine whether they have grounds for a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Call us at (516) 399-2364 to schedule your consultation today.

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Managing Attorney John. J. Tucker, Esq.

John has personally handled thousands of clients who were victims of another’s negligence and fights relentlessly for their rights. John enjoys bringing closure to a client’s matter so that the injured party can move forward with their life. His background enables him to evaluate complex liability related claims and bring resolution to claims in a record time frame. [ Attorney Bio ]

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