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Utah Woman Hit By Car, Blames Google Maps

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Posted By: The Booze at 9:24 am

2 Jun 2010

New York Daily NewsA California woman is suing Google after she was hit by a car while following directions provided by Google Maps on her cell phone, according to AOL News.
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Lauren Rosenberg says that the Google Maps BlackBerry application told her to use Deer Valley Drive — a highway also called Utah State Route 224 — to walk from one Park City address to another.

However, the directions did not tell her that there were no sidewalks along Deer Valley Drive, which, Rosenberg alleges, led to her being struck by traffic.

“As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer severe permanent physical, emotional and mental injuries,” according to the complaint filed in Park County district court.

Rosenberg is asking for Google to pay her medical expenses in addition to punitive damages and loss of earnings. She is also suing the driver of the vehicle, Patrick Harwood of Park City.

Google Maps warns users about walking directions on its version for computers, saying that “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution — This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.” However, the mobile version of Google Maps does not come with the warning.

Ignoring the fact that this woman is dumb as nails, it sounds to me like Google is going to lose this lawsuit. The mobile version of Google Maps had neglected to take liability out of the equation. No matter what I’m doing in life I look to remove any possibility of becoming the scape goat. Take for instance this site, yes it was my idea, yes I recruited the team, but unless you know me personally, you have no idea what my real name is. The site isn’t even registered under my name. I also make parents sign a waiver when I babysit their kids. Just a precaution.

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