Woman takes walking directions from Google Maps and is hit by a car

Woman takes walking directions from Google Maps and is hit by a car
There is this unwritten law that you shouldn't necessarily always follow instructions given by any GPS service – such as standalone units or from Google Maps. Apparently there are individuals out there that take every direction given to them literally which did not end up too well for one California woman. Lauren Rosenberg decided to whip out her BlackBerry to get some walking directions to get her to a destination point. Some times it's almost surprising to see how some users really rely on their handsets for a lot of things, but common sense has to kick in some times. It looks like she was given pedestrian directions which directed her to walk down a Utah state highway in Park City. Ignoring the obvious surroundings that it was a busy highway, Rosenberg went forth in fulfilling all of the suggestions offered to her by Google Maps and was hit by a car. Now she's suing for “over $100,000” and blaming Google which she describes the road she walked on 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.” In addition Rosenberg's complain filing said, “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 sever permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries, including pain and suffering.” We'll see how this all pans out for her, but let this be a lesson to be careful and not throw common sense out the door.

source: PC World via Mobileburn

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