When Los Angeles native Lauren Rosenberg went for a walk on Jan. 19, 2009 in Park City, Utah, she pulled up Google maps on her BlackBerry for directions. But, she claims the app led her onto a dangerous highway where she was struck by a car. Last week, she filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Google.
According to the suit, Google Maps directed Rosenberg along Deer Valley Drive, which is State Route 224, in an area "where vehicles travel at a high rate of speed and [is] devoid of pedestrian sidewalks."As far as frivolous lawsuits go, this one is right up there. Google Maps include a disclaimer as warning with all walking directions: “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution–This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”
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..."
It claims that Salt Lake County resident Patrick Harwood was driving an automobile southbound in a "negligent" manner and 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."
The suit seeks from Google an amount in excess of $100,000 to be determined at trial.
No date has been set for a hearing in Judge Dee Benson's court.
Lauren look down! Or, better yet, look where you're going!