California woman sues Google Maps over Park City walking directions
Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal complaint has been filed against Internet giant Google by a California woman who claims she was following directions from Google Maps when she was struck by a car in Park City.
Lauren Rosenberg, of Los Angeles, is seeking more than $100,000 in damages for "severe permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries" she sustained in a Jan. 9, 2009 accident while walking along Deer Valley Drive. In the complaint, she states that she got "walking directions" from Google Maps to an address on Prospector Avenue in Park City that took her to Deer Valley Drive, or state Route 224.
While on the roadway — which she describes as "a rural highway with no sidewalks, and a roadway that exhibits motor vehicles traveling at high speeds, that is not reasonably safe for pedestrians" — the woman was struck by a vehicle.
She claims Patrick Harwood was speeding and failed to pay attention and maintain control of his vehicle. She then states in the complaint that Google was "careless, reckless and negligent" when it provided directions that she feels were unsafe.
In the complaint, the woman says Google failed to warn her of the dangers of the roadway. In addition to asking for general damages, the woman is asking that the defendants pay her medical expenses, her attorney's fees and for the earnings she lost while recovering from the accident.
— Emiley Morgan