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Lawsuit filed against GPS makers for role in Bus Accident

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Anapol Schwartz attorneys Jim Ronca and Michael Schafle filed a complaint against GPS manufacturers TomTom and Garmin for their role in 2013 Boston bus crash that injured 10 and left a teenage boy paralyzed.

Boston bus accident lawsuit

GPS manufacturer named in Boston bus accident lawsuit

The complaint was filed on January 23, 2015 through an associate firm in Boston Massachusetts against the bus driver Samuel J. Jackson, Calvary Coach Bus Company and it’s owner, Raymond Talmadge, Prevost Car Inc., Volvo Group North America, TomTom NV, TomTom USA, Garmin International. Inc., Garmin North America, Inc., Garmin USA., Inc., and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Jackson was driving the students from the Philadelphia non-profit Destined for a Dream back from a trip to Harvard University when he crashed into the Western Avenue Bridge on Soldier’s Field Road in February 2013. Jackson failed to recognize road signs and was looking at his GPS at the time of the crash.

The complaint alleges that the GPS manufacturers were a critical part of the accident.  The navigation system does not take into account the height of the vehicle or offer any warning about height restrictions. The device routed Jackson onto a road with a height restriction, which the bus stoutly exceeded.

Hundreds of similar accidents have been documented in the media since 2011. Had the GPS manufacturers taken action, the Boston bus accident and other crashes could have potentially been avoided.