Woman Sues Google After Walking On Highway

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Pedestrian and Google Maps user Lauren Rosenberg has sued Google. Rosenberg followed walking directions to a rural highway, where a car hit her. She is now suing for medical expenses and punitive damages. PCWorld has more:

Search Engine Land reports that Rosenberg, a Los Angeles California native…started walking down the highway–which had no sidewalk or pedestrian paths–and was struck by a car. She is suing Google for her medical expenses ($100,000), as well as punitive damages. She is also suing the driver who struck her, Patrick Harwood of Park City, Utah.

According to Rosenberg’s complaint filing:

“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 sever permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries, including pain and suffering.”

Google actually does offer up a warning about its walking directions–if you view Google Maps on a computer, it gives you the following message: “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution–This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

This warning does not show up in PDA’s and cell phones, however. I suppose Google figured that people who are smart enough to use Blackberries are probably also smart enough to not walk directly into the middle of traffic.

If this case goes anywhere, get ready to sign a disclaimer before using Google Maps.

This case is yet more proof that dumb lawsuits have no limit in this country.

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