Google Directs Pedestrian To A Busy Highway And Is Now Being Sued For $100,000June 7, 2010
In Blighty we used to laugh at Americans who would try and sue companies to compensate for injuries sustained, due to their lack of common sense. It tickled us to hear stories like the woman who put a hot cup of coffee on her lap while sitting in a car. She burned herself when it spilled and subsequently sued McDonalds because they didn’t put a warning sign on the cup saying something like “caution. Coffee is hot.” We laugh no more, as this country is catching up fast with a bombardment of adverts from criminal injury firms, encouraging us to sue for things that we used to accept as bad luck, personal negligence, or part of life’s rocky road.
However, all is not lost. There are still plenty of gratuitous lawsuits to keep us entertained. Here’s one for you: A young woman called Lauren Rosenberg is suing Google for $100,000 dollars, or £68,000 for supplying unsafe directions in its map tool after she was hit by a car in January. She used the tool on her Blackberry to get directions between 96 Daly Street, Park City and 1710 Prospector Avenue, Park City in Utah. She went and crossed the lovely sounding Deer Park, which is actually the Utah State Route 224, which has no pavement. And she did this at night. Needless to say, her next move was towards the hospital. The lawsuit was filed in a Utah District Court accusing Google of being “careless, reckless, and negligent” in supplying these unsafe directions. The driver who hit her is also being sued. Her lawyer Allen Young said this:
“We think there’s enough fault to go around, but Google had some responsibility to direct people correctly or warn them. They created a trap with walking instructions that people rely on. She relied on it and thought she should cross the street.”
Maybe I’m a bit thick, but what responsibility does Google have to this woman who doesn’t use the brain she’s lucky to have working for her and tries to cross a busy highway at night? Look at that road. What part of these pictures would make you think you could just hop across, or walk alongside in safety?
This map tool is in beta and apparently does give warnings about unsafe crossings, according to searchengineland. Besides, anyone who has used a sat nav in their car knows very well that at times it either takes you to strange places, or takes you the long way round to your destination. It’s an old fashioned concept I know, but a paper map is usually reliable, as is your common sense. If you choose to use it.