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Woman sues Google over bad walking directions

By Jason Smith     Jun 2, 2010 in Internet
Park City - Lauren Rosenberg has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Utah, naming both the motorist that hit her and Google as defendants.
The Associated Press reports that in January when Rosenberg downloaded directions from one end of Park City to another, Google Maps led her to a four-lane boulevard without sidewalks "not reasonably safe for pedestrians," according to the lawsuit.
The Associated Press reports, via Searchengineland, that Rosenberg believed that she could reach the sidewalk on the other side of Deer Valley Drive and tried to cross the boulevard, but didn't make it to the median, according to Rosenberg's lawyer. She was then struck by a speeding car on a pitch-black night and received multiple bone fractures that required six weeks of rehabilitation, her lawyer Allen Young added.
"We think there's enough fault to go around, but Google had some responsibility to direct people correctly or warn them," Young said. "They created a trap with walking instructions that people rely on. She relied on it and thought she should cross the street."
Rosenberg is seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and punitive damages.
Google's response was that they had not seen a copy of the lawsuit, reports the Associated Press, and disputed the assertion that Google Maps provides no warning that walking routes may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.
"Every software version for desktop computers and mobile devices has had that disclaimer since Google Maps was launched in 2008," said Google spokeswoman Elaine Filadelfo.
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