Woman Hit by Car, Sues Google

After a Utah resident was struck by a car while crossing a highway, she filed a lawsuit against the driver of the car – but named Google as a defendant as well. Since, you know, they’re the ones that told her to cross the road.

The lawsuit states that Google should have known that the directions they gave her (when she accessed Google Maps on her cell phone) sent her down a rural highway with vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed, lacking pedestrian sidewalks. And that they therefore had a duty to warn her, rather than sending her down a “dangerous path” that led to the accident and her subsequent pain and suffering and $100,000+ in medical bills.

Of course, her lawyer says that the media is being unfair for painting his client as stupidly ignoring her own safety and common sense by blindly following directions. It’s Google’s fault, for creating a “trap” with their bad directions.

Though the lawsuit doesn’t mention that Google Maps includes a disclaimer for pedestrian directions. On the website, it says “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.” And on my iPhone, it says “Walking directions (beta): use caution.” Even if Google does have a legal duty to warn (which is probably debatable), they’ve probably already met that burden.

But let this be a lesson to you all: Look both ways before crossing the street, even if Google tells you not to.

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14 Responses to Woman Hit by Car, Sues Google

  1. I remember years ago when I used Google Maps to give me directions from New York back to London. It told me to drive to the docks, swim a few thousand miles across the ocean and then walk the rest of the way to London. :/

  2. I remember years ago when I used Google Maps to give me directions from New York back to London. It told me to drive to the docks, swim a few thousand miles across the ocean and then walk the rest of the way to London. :/

  3. It seems that Americans (on the whole) really have a problem taking responsibility for their own ineptitude.

  4. It seems that Americans (on the whole) really have a problem taking responsibility for their own ineptitude.

  5. I can't believe this much stupidity abounds and there's not hundreds more comments. She ought to be shot just for being stupid.

  6. I can’t believe this much stupidity abounds and there’s not hundreds more comments. She ought to be shot just for being stupid.

  7. FYI, she is actually a California resident, not Utah. She must be an idiot because there is no crosswalk there.

  8. FYI, she is actually a California resident, not Utah. She must be an idiot because there is no crosswalk there.

  9. …they created a "trap"? What, she couldn't turn around because a Google streetview car was blocking her? I mean, really. You can always stop, think "Hey, this is a bad idea" and turn around.

    Gah, foolish people.

  10. …they created a “trap”? What, she couldn’t turn around because a Google streetview car was blocking her? I mean, really. You can always stop, think “Hey, this is a bad idea” and turn around.

    Gah, foolish people.

  11. Thankfully, Google Maps wasn't around when our ancestors were migrating from hither to yon; can you imagine where it might have sent Christopher Columbus? (sarcasm)

    Wow, how did we get along without all of these devices to tell us what to do? Yeah, this is one for the Darwin candidates.

  12. Thankfully, Google Maps wasn’t around when our ancestors were migrating from hither to yon; can you imagine where it might have sent Christopher Columbus? (sarcasm)

    Wow, how did we get along without all of these devices to tell us what to do? Yeah, this is one for the Darwin candidates.

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