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Google Sued For Giving Walking Directions on a Motorway

A resident of Los Angeles, California, has filed a lawsuit against Google for issuing directions that led her to have an accident.

Lauren Rosenberg used her Blackberry to ask Google for walking directions from 96 Daly Avenue to 1710 Prospector Avenue while out for a walk in Park City, Utah, in January 2009.

Rosenberg followed the directions given to her by Google Maps to walk along Deer Valley Drive - also known as Utah State Route 224 - instead of observing what her sight, instinct and common sense might have told her: that the state route had no pedestrian path to walk on.

She also neglected to take heed of the warning issued on Google Maps when searching for walking directions: "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."

Rosenberg was later hit by a car whilst walking down the State Route.

Her lawyer has cited severe physical, emotional, and mental injuries caused due to the negligent manner of issuing directions adopted by Google.