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Man Dies In Car Accident Due To Google Maps Error

Google is facing a lawsuit for negligence from the family of Philip Paxson, a North Carolina man dies in car accident due to Google maps error in September 2022 when his car plunged off a collapsed bridge.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Sep 25, 20233.8K Shares182.3K Views
Google is facing a lawsuit for negligence from the family of Philip Paxson, a North Carolina man dies in car accident due to Google maps errorin September 2022 when his car plunged off a collapsed bridge.
The family alleges that Google was aware of the bridge's condition but failed to update its navigation system, ultimately leading to Paxson's death.

Fatal Navigation Error

Philip Paxson, who was involved in this sad occurrence, was supposedly navigating his way through an unfamiliar area using Google Maps. Paxson was allegedly driving in bad conditions on a dark and stormy evening. According to images obtained at the scene, the bridge should have been visible.
According to authorities who went to the incident, the bridge lacked any barriers, warning signs, or other components to notify drivers of the danger.
Authorities assert that neither local nor state authorities were responsible for the bridge's upkeep, and that the original developer's business had long since been dissolved. Despite this, some may continue to blame Paxson, but there is one more catch.
Following Google Maps' instructions, a man drove off a collapsing bridge, resulting in a fatal 20-foot fall. His family has reacted by suing the tech titan, as well as two other firms and a person, for negligence.
The lawsuit filed by Paxson's family also highlights the absence of warning signs or barriers at the site of the collapsed bridge. State police who discovered Paxson's body reported that there were no visible safety precautions in place.
Furthermore, it was revealed that the bridge had been neglected by the state and that the construction company responsible for it had dissolved.
A broken bridge and sign of google map
A broken bridge and sign of google map

A Cry For Help Ignored

Adding to the lawsuit's claims is a disturbing email from a concerned resident. In September 2020, this resident had used Google Maps' 'suggest an edit' feature to notify
Google of the dangerous situation, explaining that the navigation system was directing drivers over the collapsed bridge.
The resident even received a confirmation email from Google, stating that the suggested change was under review. However, according to the lawsuit, no corrective action was taken. Alicia Paxson, the wife of the late Philip Paxson, expressed her family's anguish.
Our girls ask how and why their daddy died, and I’m at a loss for words they can understand because, as an adult, I still can't understand how those responsible for the GPS directions and the bridge could have acted with so little regard for human life.- Alicia Paxson, the wife of the late Philip Paxson

Google's Response

Google, responding to the lawsuit, offered their condolences to the Paxson family.
We have the deepest sympathies for the Paxson family. Our goal is to provide accurate routing information in Maps, and we are reviewing this lawsuit.- José Castañeda, a spokesperson for Google
The lawsuit against Google serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of inaccuracies in digital navigation systems and raises questions about the responsibility of tech companies to ensure the safety of their users.
As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how this tragic case will impact the use of mapping and navigation applications.

Final Words

The tragic death of Philip Paxson due to a Google Maps error has led to a lawsuit against the tech giant, highlighting the critical importance of accurate navigation systems.
The lawsuit not only seeks justice for Paxson's family but also raises significant questions about the responsibility tech companies bear in ensuring user safety.
As the legal proceedings progress, it remains to be seen how this case might impact the use and development of mapping and navigation applications, emphasizing the need for constant vigilance in maintaining the accuracy of these digital tools.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
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