Woman Sues Google Over Bad Directions

jenny erikson
Photo by Kristen Bons
A California woman was hit by a car and is now suing
Google. Which might make sense if it had been Sergey Brin on official Google business driving the car. But Californians often make little sense. I can say that because I live here. I can also tell blonde jokes. See what I mean? I'm not making sense at this very moment.

So this chick Lauren Rosenberg needed some walking directions, so she whipped out her BlackBerry and opened up her Google maps application. 

My husband uses Google maps on his BlackBerry. Supposedly it has some do-hickey on there that allows you to search for locations using voice commands. Except that every time he tries to do it in front of me, it doesn't work immediately, and he ends up yelling, "Starbucks!" into the phone 10 times. Which makes me laugh.


Anyway, Lauren got her directions and started on her merry way. When she got to Utah State Route 224, she was struck by oncoming traffic. I'm assuming that she didn't walk to Utah from California, but rather was in Park City on vacation.

I'm also assuming she's okay, since she's still alive and suing Google.

Wait, what does Google have to do with this ding-dong getting hit by a car? In plain legalese:

"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 severe permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries," according to the complaint filed in Park County district court.

In normal-people talk, that roughly translates to "Google maps failed to mention that there was no sidewalk."

I would like to sue Lauren Rosenberg for the emotional and mental injuries she's caused me with her reckless abandonment of common sense.

I also hope that Jon and Kate's kids grow up and sue them, but that's a topic for another day.

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