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Woman Files Lawsuit over Google Maps Application Directions

Someone needs to take the blame for bad directions, so Lauren Rosenberg is suing Internet giant, Google, maker of the Google Maps application.

Lauren Rosenberg filed a lawsuit against the search engine company, claiming the Google Maps application gave her walking directions down a highway where she was struck by a car, the Associated Press reports.

Rosenberg claims that the walking directions she got from Google Maps led her down a rural highway that had no sidewalks or pedestrian paths. She claims Google was negligent in steering her onto the road and failed to warn her of dangers.

The law of negligence requires that persons conduct themselves in a manner that conforms to certain standards of conduct. Where a person's actions violate those standards, the law requires the person to compensate someone who is injured as a result. In some instances, the law of negligence also covers a person's omission to act.

Her lawsuit also names a motorist she says hit her.

A Los Angeles native, Roseberg was trying to map directions between two Park City, Utah addresses.

She is suing both Google and the driver of the car that struck her for the costs of medical treatment and punitive damages.

In her complaint, Roseberg said that the Google Maps application should have warned her about the risk of Route 224 as a rural highway with vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed.

However, as mentioned by PC World, Google Maps does offer up a warning about its walking directions with the following message: "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution--This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."