Richard S. Lundin
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The number of Maryland distracted-driving accidents has increased in the last several years, and part of that increase is due to electronic gadgets. While cell phones get most of the criticism, GPS devices — helpful as they are — can also distract drivers and lead to a serious Maryland auto accident.

You can’t prevent someone else from driving unsafely while using his or her GPS equipment, but you can cut down on the potential for getting into an accident by practicing safe use of your own GPS. Here are a few tips:

  • Install the GPS device in a place where you can easily see it but where it does not inhibit your ability to see the road clearly. 
  • Input your destination address before you leave, not while you’re driving.
  • If you need to make changes to your destination, try to find a place to pull over for a short time or, if possible, let a passenger make the changes for you. 
  • If it’s available, use the voice activation feature so you don’t have to look at the screen so often.
  • Use common sense. GPS devices make mistakes, so keep in mind that you are the driver and the GPS is just a tool. If the device is trying to get you to go the wrong way down a one-way street, for example, don’t do it.

While these tips can’t prevent all Maryland distracted driving instances, they will help you stay safer on the road. If you’ve been hurt in a Maryland auto accident where distracted driving was the culprit, you may be able to recoup damages. For more information, call the experienced Maryland car accident lawyers of Nickelsporn & Lundin at 1-800-875-9700, or fill out our online form.

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