Follows directions on Google Maps but bridge collapsed years ago: drowned in river

An American family man drowned after his car crashed off a collapsed bridge. And a case that could be “historic”. Relatives of Philip Paxson say he died because Google failed to update its maps. Thereupon, they filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, claiming that the search engine was negligent.

Paxson, who had two children, died a year ago in September 2022 while trying to cross a badly damaged bridge in the North Carolina suburb of Hickory. A Google spokesperson said the company is investigating the allegations very carefully. The case is being heard in Wake County Magistrates Court.

On the day of the accident, Philip Paxson was returning home from his daughter’s ninth birthday party, held at a friend’s house in an unfamiliar neighborhood. His wife had dropped off their two daughters at home earlier and he had stayed behind to help clean.

“Unfamiliar with local roads, he relied on Google Maps, hoping it would get him home safely to his wife and daughters,” the family’s lawyers said in a statement announcing the legal action. “Tragically, while driving carefully in the dark and rain, unknowingly following Google’s now-outdated instructions, he crashed into Snow Creek, where he crashed and drowned almost a decade into what his family later discovered was the so-called ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ bridge.” .”

The lawsuit against “Big G” alleges that residents repeatedly contacted Google to change their online maps after the bridge collapse in 2013. However, it is not yet known how these reports are prepared. According to local newspaper Charlotte ObserverThe barriers blocking the road, originally positioned at the bridge entrance, were lost due to vandalism. State troopers, who found Paxton’s lifeless body in his overturned car that was partially submerged in water, said there were no barriers or warning signs along the collapsed road.

The lawsuit also filed a lawsuit against three local companies who claimed they had a duty to perform road maintenance on the bridge. “Our daughters ask me how and why their father died, and I can’t find the words to explain it because as an adult, I still cannot understand how those responsible for the GPS indicators and the bridge could behave so badly, without respect for human life,” his wife, Alicia Paxson, said in a statement.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the Paxson family,” he said. AP News a Google spokesperson said: “Our goal is to provide accurate route information in Maps, and we are investigating this case.” The news is widely covered in the US media these days.

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Source: Today IT