June 02, 2010

Woman Follows Google Maps Onto Highway - Gets Hit By Car - Promptly Sues Google And The Driver Who Hit Her

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Park City, Utah (The Weekly Vice) - Lauren Rosenburg, a Los Angeles California native, is suing Google after she was run over by a car after following their map route guide onto a highway.

According to Park City officials, Rosenburg used her Blackberry to access Google Maps which reportedly led her onto a highway where she was struck by an oncoming car.

Rosenburg reportedly mapped a route from "Daley Street" to "Prospector Avenue" while she was visiting Park City in January, 2009.

The lawsuit claims Google Maps suggested three routes, including one that directed Rosenburg to walk a half a mile down "Deer Valley Drive" - a rural highway that had no sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

After deciding that route sounded pretty good to her, she proceeded down the path until she arrived at the half mile stretch of highway she was instructed to take. She then reportedly walked down the middle of the highway until she was struck by an oncoming car.

Google does have a warning posted that states "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths." However, the suit claims this warning did not appear on her phone.

Rosenburg filed a lawsuit against Google and the car's driver for damages in excess of $100,000 for alleged pain, suffering, emotional distress, and medical expenses.

Her complaint states that Google Maps users should expect their routing guides to show safe and accurate walking routes, and that she was neglectfully led onto a busy highway where dangers abound.

Rosenburg is suing the car's driver for "failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to to keep proper control, and driving in excess of reasonable speed."

Not that she had a radar detector in her hand at the time or anything... she's just saying...

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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