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



1. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

What an idiot... I hate people like this they ruin things for everyone else... Use some common sense and don't blame others because your an idiot.. Any worthy judge would throw out this case! But I'm sure some liberal moron will rule in her favor... she's a dumb bit*h on welfare looking for a handout!

2. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Its her fault for getting hit, if there's no sidewalks and you're on a busy highway why bother take that direction. This lady was taught a lesson for her stupidity, it wasn't googles fault at all.

19. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The funny thing is, when you launch google maps for the first time it indicates that the directions are in beta form and should not be taken lterally or used when potential danger is present... this woman loses already. Next time you stop using your brain and want to blame others for your problems, do the world a favor and get hit by a semi-truck and die... Thanks!

3. solid13

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2010

REALLY.... REALLY!!!!!!!........ could she not have found another way to make money? may i point out what the lady that worked for McDonalds did to get 3 Mill, what did she do? she pour the coffee all over her and said that the cup did not say CAUTION HOT.... or, why not just slip in the grocery store when you see a spill and no warning signs.... com on.... be creative yet cautious with your life people.....

7. sirjudson

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

That woman's genitals were permananently damaged... Not gonna lie, I'd probably sue too if I had to have a skin graft to my junk.

15. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

plus that case was based on the structural integrity of the cups that mcdonald's used, sure the coffee was hot, but she put it between her legs and the cup busted all over her

4. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

I def wouldn't allow this lady ever to hold a gun. She would probably kill everyone with it and then try to sue Remington for not putting a caution sign on the barrel. She should be exported.

5. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

why did the chicken cross the road...? Apparently Google told it to.

6. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

proof that there's not enough chlorine in the gene pool.... lets hope she never has kids

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1800; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i dont know about blackberry but my navigation for my moto droid says it is still in beta so i would have to say just on that that Google should not be accountable. How did she get hit. The drivers insurance should pay. I live next to a busy high way and i see people walking biking and hitchhiking on it often and i have never heard of somebody getting hit on it. I mean did she walk int a lane.

9. AaronWasHere

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

LOL wow... and the sad thing is she will probably win her lawsuit because political correctness has gone so far as to no one will inform this lady of the truth of the situation... She is an idiot and this harm was self-inflicted. But God forbid anyone take f***ing responsibility anymore.

10. downbeat3

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

I hope you she wins the lawsuit...yes I do. I hope she wins the money and books her dream vacation to Hawaii. I hope she goes wandering around the volcanic rock using Google maps as her guide. I hope she follows every direction to a tee without hesitation. I hope Google takes control of her Blackberry (probably a Pearl flip) and slowly and painfully directs her for days in the blazing sun without food or water. I hope she finds a map that CEARLY shows her how to get to safety, but tosses it and continues to put all of her trust in Google maps. Finally starving,dehydrated and riddled with sun poisoning she follows her trusty Google maps guidance directly over the rim of the scorching vocano believing that there is definitely a Walmart on the other side!!!!!!

11. scottmbolt unregistered

Its too bad that car didn't put this jackass outta her (our) misery...

12. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow, ill bet there going to have a disclaimer to look both ways before crossing at every intersection for foot search if people continue to be this retarded. Not the first women i've seen run into something because her blackberry was god.

13. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

This is why guns say "caution, aim away from face" or "Warning, may cause injury or death"... NO, Really?!? You Dufus, IF it is a busy highway, with no sidewalks and exhibiting cars traveling at very high speeds, then WHY ARE YOU WALKING THERE?!?!?!? Google should counter-sue this idiot for not "exhibiting" any common-sense. If, there is construction done to the roads and things are different, and the GPS directs you to turn where there is no longer a turn, who's fault is it if you drive into a brand new brick wall? Hmmm, could it be ... SATAN?! (Church Lady - Saturday Night Live)

14. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

walking directions in google maps is still a beta. this means use with caution and maybe some common sense!! the lady won't get a dime in this case. america is weird people get payed for doing stupid things to them selfs and others. In holland we just check the people that do this kind of stuff to see if they are crazy. but it never happens because you don't get a dime for it here :P

16. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I've had VZ Navigator take me on some crazy farm service roads in rural SD that no car should be on, Google Maps Navigation show that I was way out on the east side of the Upper Peninsula of MI when I was on the west side (about 4 hours away), and have been in parts of Wyoming where NO data service worked at all. We built a new bridge in our hometown and sealed off the old one so it is undrivable. But GM and VZNav both insist on me taking the old route. Point is,these are all tools to help you navigate, they're not meant to substitute for common sense.

17. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Darwin award nominee - oops, didn't make that one either. Get a grip lady - I suppose you'd drive the wrong way down a one-way street if Google told you to, and then try to blame them. Oh, right, we don't license feet. Do people sue AAA if a map doesn't have a one-way marked? It could have been changed the week before. Grow up.

18. badfishie

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

this goes to show like stated above, that no one has any responsibility. everything is always someones elses fault. My kids have more brains than this lady does, and they havent reached high school yet..what a dumb ass, she deseves to get run over

20. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Just used Google Maps Nav for walking directions and there was a stretch that took me along a highway, and in bold letters it said "Proceed with Caution." Also, I looked around and saw cars speeding along at a pretty good clip. I was on my bike, so I just took parallel service roads and let the Navigation auto-correct me. Did I mention I also looked around?

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