An LA woman is suing Google after accusing its mapping service of encouraging her to walk along a high speed State Route in Utah. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Lauren Rosenberg’s suit claims that while visiting Salt Lake City, Utah she used Google Maps via her BlackBerry for directions to to walk from 96 Daly Ave to 1710 Prospector Ave in Park City.
According to the suit the directions advised her to perambulate along Deer Valley Drive, otherwise known as State Route 224. This, according to the suit, is an area “where vehicles travel at a high rate of speed and [is] devoid of pedestrian sidewalks”. And unfortunately, one driver struck Rosenberg, “causing her to suffer severe physical, emotional, and mental injuries… and causing her to incur medical expenses in an amount exceeding $100,000”.
A quick rummage through Google Maps confirms that this is indeed the service’s advised route for foot sloggers, though on a PC it includes a warning about possible dangers. It is not clear if the warnings show up on mobile devices. The suit states: “Google undertook the duty to exercise reasonable care in providing safe directions to patrons of its Google Maps service. [But] Google failed to warn plaintiff Rosenberg of said known dangers…”
Rosenberg – who is also suing the driver – is asking to the court to award her damages in excess of $100,000. It is of course puzzling why Rosenberg did not use the evidence of her own eyes to decide Google Maps’ instructions were best ignored.