Recently, a train accident happened when a driver left his truck on train tracks. The train tracks were at-grade and were not marked very well, nor were they gated off. The man in the truck had been led to the tracks by his GPS device, which does not have specific information about at-grade railroad tracks. His truck got stuck on the tracks, and he left the truck there with his door open. He later alleged he had gone to get help. Unfortunately, a train hit the truck. The New York Times indicated that the fatal accident resulted in the death of the train engineer. It also caused 32 other people on the train to get hurt. The man who was driving the truck who had left it on the tracks is facing criminal charges.
This accident is one of many that has happened at railroad tracks located at grade. The risk of accidents at these tracks is a widespread problem and the National Transportation Safety Board is urging technology companies to add the locations of more than 200,000 railroad crossings onto GPS devices. The GPS would show the crossing on the digital map and would provide alerts to drivers who are approaching them.
Of course, while tech companies could opt to do this, it is not clear that it is the responsibility of GPS makers to try to improve road safety or prevent collisions. In fact, there have been numerous cases when people have gotten hurt because of incomplete info on a GPS or even because a GPS device had the wrong info. If such an accident happens, victims should find out what their options are for taking legal action. An Atlanta defective products attorney can provide assistance when problems arise due to a GPS device that leads a driver to a dangerous location. Continue Reading