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Woman Sues Google Over Dangerous Directions


#1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/jun/02/google-maps-lawsuit

Google sued over 'unsafe' map directions (15)Tweet this (93)Comments (7) A pedestrian is suing Google for supplying unsafe directions in its Maps tool after she was hit by a car on a Park City road. Even with the acknowledgement that most American cities are built for cars, rather than people, isn't that a lawsuit too far?

Lauren Rosenberg is seeking $100,000 in damages after the accident in January when she tried to cross a busy state highway with no pavements at night and was hit by a car. A lawsuit filed in a Utah District Court last week accused Google of being "careless, reckless, and negligent" in supplying unsafe walking directions.

Lauren Rosenberg was hit by a car on this highway after following directions on Google Maps Rosenberg's lawyer Allen Young said: "We think there's enough fault to go around, but Google had some responsibility to direct people correctly or warn them. They created a trap with walking instructions that people rely on. She relied on it and thought she should cross the street."

Rosenberg has been the subject of some vitriol for an apparent lapse in common sense and a rather 'hopeful' lawsuit. Unfortunately that appears to have been directed at another Lauren Rosenberg - a PR executive with a strong online profile who has received various incredulous voicemail and email messages - including one from a friend who said "I thought you were smarter than that".

Danny Sullivan on SearchEngineLand points out that Google Maps' walking direction, which are still in beta, clearly show a warning: "Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths". He also says: "I suspect a court is going to find that despite getting bad directions from Google (or a gas station attendant, a local person or any source), people are also expected to use common sense."

Young later told Sullivan that if Google "is going to tell people where to go, they need to have some responsibility to warn them that that might not be the way to go".

"She was in an area that she'd never been to before. It was pitch black. There were no street lights. She relied on Google that she'd cross there and go down to a sidewalk."


#2

Stupid fucking person.

They should direct her to stick a gun in her mouth and pull the trigger.


#3

I hope the car sued the bitch for jay walking and reckless endangerment.


#4

What ever happened to personal responsibility ??

IE if I shoot myself in the foot being a gun fighter. Its who's fault? The gun maker? The shoe maker? The gun store?


#5

Personal responsibility is dead.

...and my fingers ache from typing that so you are ALL being sued for making me do it.


#6

I'm watching this one because if she wins, then I'm suing them for damage to my truck incurred after going down what they said was a good safe road and it was actually a pig trail requiring a 4 wheel drive.

I'm kidding on the lawsuit, not on the road they told me to go down.


#7


Bring it on. Despite her sweet appearance and ghey hat, my lawyer will eat you alive on the stands.


#8

I feel a hint of sexual discrimination in that post.

Oh, it's a double law suit now!!!!


#9

If I were google I'd give her directions right off a fucking cliff


#10

Your fingers hurt? Well now your backs going to hurt cuz you just pulled landscaping duty.


#11

That sounded racist.

Triple LAW SUIT!!!!


#12

How about instead of a lawsuit you get a nice warm glass of shut the hell up?


#13

LankEy, you know I'm not allowed to fuck clients, right?

X, if your fingers are hurting, try a vibrator.

I'm firing on all cylinders today.


#14

I tried that. Maybe all fingers shouldn't fit in at once?


#15

But you're not google and suggesting as much is blasphemy!!!!

shhh.... They're listening to everything we say and type.


#16

This got weird fast


#17

Happy gilmore quote. Nice.


#18

Haha, I didn't even catch that one. It was good.


#19

Don't law schools have a boner for that phrase "reasonable person"? Well, a reasonable person wouldn't try to cross a highway at night.


#20

This could've been a Darwin award...too bad she survived.