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A Los Angeles woman is suing Google for allegedly providing her dangerous walking directions through Google Maps. According to The Wall Street Journal, Lauren Rosenberg used the free service to get walking directions from one end of Park City to the other. The plaintiff claims that the route led her onto a busy highway with no sidewalks and that she was struck by a driver as a result. Rosenberg is seeking over $100,000 in restitution, and her lawsuit names the driver who allegedly struck her as well.

The Wall Street Journal says that so far, Google hasn't received a copy of the lawsuit and can't comment to the situation. It does note, however, that Google Maps walking directions comes with a disclaimer that says not all routes will have sidewalks or pedestrian paths. What do you think, does Rosenberg have a chance in court? Does her case deserve to go there? Hit the jump to take part in our highly unscientific poll.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

Does Lauren Rosenberg have a case against Google?
Yes, Google needs to accept responsibility 121 (1.9%)
No, the Walking Maps service is in beta and Google is covered by its disclaimer 6019 (95.5%)
I have no idea... what's this Google thing again? 165 (2.6%)


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If she could see that the route was dangerous, why did she continue? Surely I'm not in the minority when I say that if something looks potentially dangerous, I'm going to avoid it or find a way around it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not entirely sure how she can get restitution from Google as I cannot see any unjust enrichment from the facts presented here. While she may get some damages, I think they will be minimal given that she would, quite obviously, be contributorily at fault. She saw that the highway had no sidewalks on it and chose to walk anyways.

      Silly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorta surprised she isn't suing the city too for not having sidewalks alongside busy roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        City probably doesn't have as much money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Directly from Google Maps:
      "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."

      Why are companies even required to put disclaimers on things if they serve no purpose!? Isn't it illegal to walk on a highway anyway??

      If it took you through the ghetto and you got shot or mugged would you sue too? This whole suing thing has gotten wayyy out of hand IMO
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read this somewhere else already and, iirc, part of the case is that she was using the walking directions on her cellphone and the disclaimer doesn't show up on the mobile version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The report summary (btw, this came out last week in the blogosphere) omits the woman's primary complaint that the disclaimer Google provides is *NOT* provided on the mobile version. It's also interesting that the Google spokeswoman suggests that the disclaimer is always there. I know that whn I use the Google Maps app for WinMobile & Blackberry, I don't see the disclaimer. Don't get me wrong, I still think the woman is an idiot for not coming to the realisation that she's approaching a highway with no pedestrian sidewalk and then not knowing how to safely walk along said highway (i.e. on the shoulder, facing traffic).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great point, Jason.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just used the feature on my Droid Incredible, and before the first bullet point, it says:

        "Walking directions (beta): use caution"

        It says it both in map mode and when looking at the text directions as well. It's not the full disclaimer, but it is a disclaimer.

        Google, I've got your back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, we'll see. It just may be that the disclaimer deflects all liability in this case. I, for one, don't see this going anywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does disclaimer says that "It's illegal for stupid people to use this software" ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      stupid whore -_-'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why cant people accept responsibility for their own stupidity??
      • 4 Years Ago
      This lady's stupidity just gave me a headache. I think I'll sue her for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No point in suing her; she has no money. At least not until after she wins.
        See, to play the legal-lottery you have to sue an entity with lots of money.
        Much better to sue the legal firm representing her for enabling the woman's behavior that's giving you the headache.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is she mentally stable? And more important is who gona pay court and other legal costs. Otherwise she could try - why not?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, common sense died a LONG time ago in this country. Hell, you can't even depend on the courts. Wasn't it Ohio that recently had some kind of judgment from their supreme court that says police need nothing to back them up as evidence on speeding tickets? I mean, if a cop wants to pull you over and claim you were speeding, you have no way to fight it. It's simply going to be your word against the cop's.
      The average American can be pretty stupid these days but once the people in charge of your rights become equally stupid, what's left?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I'm surrounded by stupid people - I must be their king."
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is ridiculous. Use some common *($#@& sense, lady! If the directions lead you onto a freeway, and you don't think it's safe to walk on the freeway, THEN DON'T WALK ON THE &#(*$@$ FREEWAY! You're a moron, you deserved to get hit, and Google is not responsible for your stupidity!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Type in your home address in Google Maps.. then type in say Tokyo Japan..... should we sue Google if one of us drowns trying to get to Tokyo?
      The woman is a moron and sadly Natural Selection didnt finish the job (hate it when that happens).
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