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Woman Sues Google Maps Over Walking Directions

What's not to love about Google Maps? I use it frequently for driving and biking directions, though I've yet to use it to map out an unfamiliar walking route. Despite its usefulness, one Los Angeles woman is suing Google over walking directions it provided her during a recent trip to Utah. Apparently when she searched for walking directions between two relatively close points, it suggested a busy state route with no shoulder or sidewalk suitable for walking. The woman was hit by a car on that road and is now suing Google for its "careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions." Her attorneys claim that Google should have known that the road was unsafe for walking. Hear more about the case, and my thoughts, after the break.

Google's walking directions search results do carry a disclaimer that states, "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution — This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths." While the accident and injuries suffered by the woman are certainly unfortunate, I'm inclined to say that it's her responsibility to check out the route before walking it. If she felt unsafe, she should have turned around and found a better option. I'm not positive how many roads exist in the US, but I'm certain the team at Google doesn't have the time to to check each one for safety. What do you think? Is this a frivolous lawsuit, or does she have a legitimate case?

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Matdredalia Matdredalia 7 years
I'm with Geek and the above commentators. As far as I'm concerned, if Google has that disclaimer, not only are they protected by the law, but they also gave her AMPLE warning and SHE is the fool for even pursuing this lawsuit.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Thomas Guide it the only error-proof guide I've ever had. I always check beforehand, using this thing called the Internet, along with my gps.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Right on Sunday with the satellite view. This story popped up earlier in another group... for walking directions it actually says something like, "This path may be unpaved or unsafe so use caution."
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
Whenever I use walking directions I always look at the directions through the satellite view so that I know exactly where I will be going. If it looks unsafe, I'll look for a different route.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Is this woman of breeding age? Because I don't want her moron DNA tainting the rest of the gene pool.
kimcheese kimcheese 7 years
Google clearly has that disclaimer that warns against cases like this. That woman definitely does not have a case. And why didn't she turn back when she saw that it was a dangerous situation?
imLissy imLissy 7 years
of course she doesn't have a case. If google told her to jump off a bridge, would she do that too? It's called common sense.
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