Google Maps Leads Pedestrian Into 4-Lane, Directly Into A Lawsuit

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Frequent viewers of "The Office" on NBC may remember one particularepisode where Michael Scott followed a GPS unit into a lake. While itwas hilarious on the television, similar episodes seem to be happeningin real life. On more than one occasion, a motorist has followed a GPSunit into a murky spot, but most of the time the worst to stem from itis lost time, lost money or added miles.

But in the case of a 20-something from Utah, a similar situation has nowled to a lawsuit. According to court documents filed in a DistrictCourt in Utah, a pedestrian was attempting to follow directions fromGoogle Maps that would take her from one side of Park City to the other.The only problem? She was struck by a speeding car while following theroute, injuring her for six weeks and causing her to rack up seriousmedical bills. The suit states that Google provided unsafe directions,and now she's seeking over $100,000.


Reportedly, Google Maps led her to a 4-lane road without any sidewalks,and she still attempted to follow the route. At night. Of course, it'seasy to say now that she should have simply hailed a cab or asked alocal for better directions, but at the time, she simply trusted a namelike Google to not lead her astray. As she found out, even Google Mapscan be off sometimes, and walking on a 4-lane is never, ever a goodidea.

It still remains to be seen if Google will shell out or be foundresponsible, but until then, you may want to heed that phrase about Google's walking directions being "in beta," and also, pay attention toCommon Sense.
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Inspector replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 12:40 AM

Well shes to blame for walking on to a 4-lane road when she should of noticed...

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 2:47 AM

Yeah walking on a four lane road and not realizing it might be a mistake. How could that be Google's fault? I mean I get that the GPS sent her that way, but it did not make her walk on the four lane, it just pointed her in the direction of what she was seeking. If it told her to walk through a pool or over a lake what would have happened, walk out as far as she could and sit down and cry because she could not go any further.

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realneil Lightning [li] replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 10:02 AM

Maybe she suffering from the dreaded "Two Bricks Shy Of A Full Load" syndrome. Ick!

It could be a case of "Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed" fever. Tongue Tied

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Yeah, Well we know who she voted for!

Even when they are lead into a hole they still find someone to blame:P

Then Again, why didn't I think of this! What a great way to go after the company with the most money without overhead. This is better than the coffee 4McD's, or the slip Isle at Wallsmart:P

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slugbug replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 11:42 AM

Any lawyer who takes this case deserves a slap in the face by he judge and be laughed out of court.

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I want to say this sounds like she's just attempting to get free money, but I don't think she would have gone through the whole getting hit by a car and recovering for six weeks.

Still, I agree with everyone else. This is stupid. I've never used Google Maps for walking anyway.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 5:28 PM

I'm pretty sure there's always been a disclaimer on Google's site that says walking directions may not have sidewalks.  If anything, she should be suing the speeder.  Or, she herself should be ticketed for walking on a motorway.

My take on people who blindly follow these directions: Kill em all and let Darwin sort it out.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jun 6 2010 7:00 PM

>> I want to say this sounds like she's just attempting to get free money, but I don't think she would have gone through the whole getting hit by a car and recovering for six weeks.

I have no doubt she was recovering, and an ambulance chaser came to her hospital room and said "Wow, you have been wronged! Let me sue Google and get YOU the money YOU deserve (+90% more for me)".

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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It wouldn't surprise me either. 

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jun 7 2010 4:28 AM

I have used Google Maps to get walking directions and I saw the note too that said that some roads might not have crosswalks, and the walking directions are mostly in beta. My guess is that she's trying to get a quick buck off of Google. What I think she should do is sue the driver who ran her over.

 

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It would make more sense to sue the driver! Yet I am sure that the Ambulance chaser already checked into that. It was probably an illegal immigrant and he understood there is no money there. So he decided to go after the major corporation with the greenbacks!
 
I am just surprised that they are not going after all of her teachers as well. To not get enough of an education that she need to watch the GPS to guide her on how to walk! Does she drive her car just by looking at TomTom! :P
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Evidently she forgot to check the "Use the common sense God gave to chimpanzees" checkbox.


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