According to WATE-TV, a driver blamed his GPS after making an illegal U-turn and causing a car accident in Nashville on August 6.
Nashville police said that Toby Leonard was driving on Donelson Pike when he tried to make a U-turn, causing a black Mercedes sedan to slam into his Ford pickup truck. The Mercedes flipped, rolling over onto its roof.
The driver of the Mercedes was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. WATE reported that she sustained a potential broken hand. Leonard, 29, told investigators that he made the U-turn because his GPS told him to.
Following the accident, WATE interviewed other drivers who utilize GPS technology.
“First of all, you have got to use common sense. Just because the GPS tells you to do something doesn’t mean you should do it,” Perry Brewer told WATE. “You are responsible for that car. Just because the GPS says turn here, you really have to think about what you are doing first.”
Taking your eyes off the road to use any electronic device is a form of distracted driving. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and 448,000 were estimated to have been injured in distracted driving crashes.
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