In September of 2022, a US man, Philip Paxson, lost his life after attempting to drive over a damaged bridge in Hickory, North Carolina, and drowning. Now his family is suing Google for not updating Google Maps, leading to Philips’s death
Philip Paxson was a father of 2 and was driving home from her daughter’s birthday party as he was in an unfamiliar neighborhood. He was using Google Maps to navigate his way home, and Maps led him to the damaged bridge where he crashed and drowned to death. His wife had already driven off with their daughters, and Philip stayed behind to help clean up.
On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed against Google in Wake County for not updating Maps.
“Unfamiliar with local roads, he relied on Google Maps, expecting it would safely direct him home to his wife and daughters,“
Lawyers for the family said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“Tragically, as he drove cautiously in the darkness and rain, he unsuspectingly followed Google’s outdated directions to what his family later learned for nearly a decade was called the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ crashing into Snow Creek, where he drowned.“
According to residents, the bridge collapsed in 2013, almost nine years ago, and they have been telling Google to update it on maps.
The bridge collapsed nine years before the death.
The lawsuit also sues three other local companies, claiming that it was their responsibility to maintain the bridge.
“We have the deepest sympathies for the Paxson family,” a spokesman for Google told AP News.
“Our goal is to provide accurate routing information in Maps and we are reviewing this lawsuit.“
Multiple incidents like this have taken place over the years where people were hurt due to the negligence of Google, but no action was taken, leading to the death of a family man.
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