A grieving family has decided to sue Google for negligence after a father of two lost his life following directions from his GPS app that allegedly led him directly to a recently collapsed bridge in North Carolina. years.
“Our daughters ask why their father died, and I can’t find the words they can understand, because as an adult, I still don’t understand how those responsible for the GPS directions and the bridge could have acted with so little of respect for man. life,” lamented his wife Alicia Paxson in a statement following the filing of the lawsuit on Tuesday, according to “The Independent.”
In September 2022, father Philip Paxson was driving home from the 9th birthday party of one of his two daughters when his Google Maps GPS app allegedly prompted him to cross a bridge in Hickory, which had never been repaired after collapsing nine years earlier, according to the suit.
Without any warning signs on the road leading him to believe that the bridge was not in good condition, the father, unfamiliar with the area, would have tried to cross the road before falling approximately six meters below. .
He was found lifeless in his overturned and partially submerged vehicle, according to the court document reported by British media.
But where the problem lies is that many citizens would have informed Google Maps, in previous years, so that the company could update its information.
One local resident even obtained a receipt from November 2020 after using the app’s “suggest and edit” feature to report to the company that it was directing motorists to a collapsed bridge, to no avail.
In the court document, the family also allegedly named several private property management companies that it said would be responsible for the bridge and adjacent land, since the original developer’s company was dissolved, according to “The Independent.”