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A woman from L.A. has filed a lawsuit against Internet leviathan Google, claiming that the walking directions she was given by its Google Maps site led her to walk down a Utah highway, where she was hit by a car.

 

According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 19, the plaintiff was attempting to get from one address in Park City, Utah, to another by pedestrian power. She checked Google Maps for walking directions and was told that part of the walk included a .5-mile jaunt down Deer Valley Drive, AKA Utah State Route 224, a rural highway on the edge of the small town best known as the home of the Sundance Film Festival. While walking this stretch of road, the plaintiff was struck by a car.

From her lawyer:

As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, [the plaintiff] 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.

She's suing Google for $100,000 in medical expenses and additional punitive damages; the vehicle's driver is also named in the suit.

 

As PC World points out in its story about the lawsuit Google Maps does have a caveat to readers in a highlighted box directly above the directions:


"Walking directions are in beta.
Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."

 

However, the plaintiff says she got the directions on her Blackberry and this warning does not appear on mobile devices.

 

What do you think: Does the plaintiff have a point? Or should she have just gotten a cab?

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    *Candi**Candi* member
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    edited December 2011
    I think she should have watched where the fck she was going.
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    loveshine1loveshine1 member
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    edited December 2011
    She really needs to pay attention. Her being an idiot is not Google's fault.
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    zsazsa-stlzsazsa-stl member
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    edited December 2011
    Aduuurrr, indeed.

    Can I sue google if I have an accident while following driving directions they gave me? 
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    *Barbie**Barbie* member
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    edited December 2011
    1) i don't even have to meet this woman to know that she is dumber than me. 
    2) no matter what directions she got (and from where) she could also have had the sense to realize that walking along the side of a highway may not be the best idea - this goes back to #1
    3) how is it Google's fault that she was hit by a car? She could have been hit by a car while standing in her driveway. Who would she sue then?
    4) I can see suing the guy who hit her, but not Google. 
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    hmonkeyhmonkey member
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    edited December 2011

    unless larry and sergey were driving the car that hit her, how is this going to pass any judge's laugh test?

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    **O-Face****O-Face** member
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    edited December 2011
    But google has the $$$.  I just think she's a complete moron.

    People know not to walk on highways, or at least I THOUGHT they did.
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    awesome-sauceawesome-sauce member
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    edited December 2011
    However, the plaintiff says she got the directions on her Blackberry and this warning does not appear on mobile devices.

    Using her logic, wouldn't she also sue the maker of Blackberry?


    And this is one of those fluff lawsuits that makes people pay no attention to real lawsuits that are filed due to true negligence.
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