With the recent release of a movie debating the sincerity of lawsuits, it seems that the courts are taking a slightly closer look at how big a part defendants could have actually played in the outcome of the involved incidents and in the case of Lauren Rosenberg, it has been found that the woman should have had the commonsense to know where it was safe to be walking.
There is no doubt that the injuries suffered by this woman were genuine. Sent for immediate medical attention, it was found that the car accident resulted in multiple fractures and concussion, but could it really be that Google Maps is to blame for her decision to walk down a narrow street with no sidewalks? One court has determined that Google owes her nothing, for she should have had the commonsense to reroute herself. This is a case of person versus technology and, in some instances, human experience and common reasoning has to override what the computer (or smartphone, in this case) dictates. It should be noted that the court’s decision was based more formally on the rights of the company provided by the First Amendment.
Rosenberg hasn’t given up, though. Backed with attorneys, the option for appeal is still being discussed. Currently, there is still a trial standing against the driver of the car that struck the pedestrian on that fateful day. Defendant Patrick Harwood’s degree of responsibility has not yet been determined. In the meantime, Rosenberg undoubtedly has accumulated mountains of medical bills and lost wages and no one but the courts can make the decision as to whose fault it is.
While a good attorney will listen to the facts and help you determine the value of your case, regardless of the circumstances, this case should serve as a reminder that we must always act in the best interests of our health and well being, so the question “who is to blame?” never needs to be asked.