​Blackberry Woman Sues Google Directions

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June 1, 2010

A Los Angeles woman sues Google over Blackberry map directions. The woman claims that the directions obtained from Google Maps led her onto a dangerous roadway. Lauren Rosenberg alleges that the Google directions on her Blackberry mobile put her life in jeopardy as she walked into the dangerous area.

“Google undertook the duty to exercise reasonable care in providing safe directions to patrons of its Google Maps service. [But] Google failed to warn plaintiff Rosenberg of said known dangers,” according to the lawsuit. “As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer severe permanent physical, emotional and mental injuries.”

Rosenberg claims that the mobile service directed her along an area where vehicles travel at a high rate of speed near pedestrian sidewalks. In addition, the suit claims that Salt Lake County resident Patrick Harwood was driving an automobile southbound in a “negligent” manner before striking Rosenberg. She is suing for $100,000 to cover her medical expenses, emotional and mental injuries.

Google Maps does have a warning that appears on personal computers, but she was using a Blackberry mobile phone, which does not have the warning. This is main factor that allowed her in the case as she sues. The warning usually appears as, “Use caution — This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.” At this time, the case is going to trial.

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