This family is taking Google to court over the map they say led to their father's accident
Google is being sued by the family of a North Carolina man claiming the company's Maps app last year directed him to a collapsed bridge. As a result, Philip Paxson fell from 20 meters to his death.
He was following Google Maps directions as he drove home late at night. It was September 2022. He was returning from his daughter's 9th birthday party when the navigation system instructed him to drive over a bridge with no barrier barriers and put out of commission due to the collapse it had suffered years earlier.
"Paxson went over the Hickory Bridge in North Carolina and drowned," the lawsuit states.
“My daughters spent their first Father's Day without their father. They should have celebrated and spent time with Philip, who devoted his life to his family. Instead, they had their father's chair empty.
They ask me how and why their father died and I have no words. No one should have to lose a loved one this way. Like many motorists, Philip trusted Google Maps to guide him safely on his way home," says his wife.
Google has reacted with a comforting statement to the family of the deceased and writes that the goal is to provide accurate road information on maps. They also write that they are reviewing the lawsuit.