There may be times when you are required to go on a long journey while driving but are unsure of how to get to your destination. Satellite navigation systems come in handy when you are going on a last minute trip to somewhere unfamiliar or you get lost in a different area. There are plenty of advantages of owning a sat-nav over using traditional maps, for example you do not always need to pull over or have someone else in the car to help you navigate through unfamiliar territory. Sat-nav systems are now more widely available, therefore the majority of vehicles on the road are likely to be taking advantage of them.
Sat-navs can alert you when the speed limit changes on the road and even tell you where the nearest petrol station is should you need to fill up. There are also sat-nav systems which can suggest alternative routes to help you avoid congestion. Although sat-navs have their benefits, there may be times when your system becomes a distraction. If you are busy reprogramming it while you are driving, you will not be able to keep your full attention on the road and could put other road users at risk. Drivers distracted by a sat-nav could inadvertently cause an accident on the road which injures another road user.
Distractions while driving
Distracted drivers can put other people’s safety at risk, which is why it is so important to ensure that your full attention is on the road at all times. You may be distracted by your mobile phone, by the radio or by your sat-nav if it needs to be reprogrammed.
Drivers distracted by a sat-nav system may make poor decisions or may make a wrong turn into a one-way street. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident because of a distracted driver, then you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Making a personal injury claim
Your chances of winning a personal injury claim are likely to increase if you receive the right help and support from an expert. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people to make personal injury claims for many years and can offer you no-obligation advice on your case. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault, you can get in touch with our team on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to discuss obtaining representation from our in-house solicitors.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown