Woman sues Google for bad directions

Taking a page out of the McDonalds “hot coffee” lawsuit, a Los Angeles woman is suing Google for bad walking directions. It seems that the directions she got from Google Maps put her on a rural highway that didn’t have sidewalks so this idiot walked in the middle of the road and was hit by a car. (story here from PC World)

On January 19, 2010, Rosenberg was apparently trying to get from 96 Daly Street, Park City, Utah, to 1710 Prospector Avenue, Park City, Utah. She looked up the walking directions using Google Maps on her Blackberry. Google Maps suggested a route that included a half-mile walk down “Deer Valley Drive,” which is also known as “Utah State Route 224.”

There’s not much more to say–she started walking down the middle of a highway, and a car hit her. Who wouldn’t have seen that one coming?

This comment by the author of the story is pure gold:

For the record, when I look up driving directions from my current city (San Francisco, California) to the city I grew up in (Tokyo, Japan), Google Maps suggests I kayak across the Pacific Ocean (with a rest stop in Hawaii, of course).

I can’t wait until Ms. Rosenberg tries to travel overseas (“The plaintiff was unaware that attempting to kayak 5,100 miles is an unreasonable endeavor”).

I can’t see where Google can be held responsible for this woman’s profound stupidity. This is yet another example of why we need some serious tort reform.

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