Lauren Rosenburg, of Park City, UT, said that she used her BlackBerry to get walking directions from her Google Maps application to get directions to her destination. Rosenburg said that she was hit by a car after following the application’s directions to cross a busy high-way.
Rosenburg has filed suit against Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for providing her “dangerous directions.”
Court documents says that Rosenburg “expects uses of the walking map site to rely on the accuracy of the walking directions given.” The suit says that because Google’s directions failed her, she should receive 100,000 in damages. The plaintiff is also suing Patrick Harwood, he driver that hit Rosenburg as she was crossing Deer Valley Drive (Utah State Route 224).
As many have noted, Google’s maps software explicitly warns its maps users that the directions it provides “may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths,” and urges them to follow their directions with caution.
However, the warning only appears on its Google Maps site and not on the BlackBerry, iPhone or Android version of its software.