Woman sues Google after being hit by car

  • 31/05/2010

By Dan Satherley

A woman is suing Google for more than US$100,000 after following directions on Google Maps and being hit by a car.

Lauren Rosenberg, from Utah, using her Blackberry phone, followed the site's directions onto Deer Park Drive, which turned out to be a rural highway with no footpath.

Instead of looking for an alternative route, Rosenberg tried to follow the road for the half-mile Google Maps had suggested, but was hit by a passing vehicle.

"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," her lawsuit reads.

Google's mapping service states the directions service is a beta product – that is, in a state of development and not necessarily accurate – but this warning is not displayed on Blackberry phones.

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