Google Dismissed From Personal Injury Lawsuit

Google was dismissed from a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed faulty Google Maps directions led her to get hit by a car.A judge dismissed Google from a personal injury lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was hit by a car because Google Maps directed her to walk along a city street without sidewalks, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The plaintiff, Lauren Rosenberg, claimed she had used Google Maps to figure out a route between two locations in Park City, Utah, in January 2009. While walking on Deer Valley Road, which does not have sidewalks, Rosenberg was hit by a car, resulting in multiple fractures and concussions, reported the newspaper.

Third District Judge Deno Himonas ruled that Google and its program, Google Maps, are protected by the First Amendment and therefore should not be a defendant in the lawsuit. However, the driver of the vehicle that struck Rosenberg is still listed as a defendant.

About 4,092 pedestrians in the U.S. were killed as result of motor vehicle accidents in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Utah, there were 29 fatalities as the result of a collision with a non-motorist.