Google Maps Faces Lawsuit After Leading Man to His Death by Directing Him to Drive Off a Bridge

Google is facing a huge lawsuit from the family of Philip Paxson who said that the tech company’s Google Maps directions led to the man’s death when he drove off a collapsed bridge.

ABC News reported that Paxson, a medical device salesman and a father of two, died on September 30, 2022, after his vehicle went into Snow Creek in Hickory, North Carolina.

The lawsuit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, said that Google had been informed multiple times about the bridge’s collapse but failed to update its navigation system. 

The family argued that the technology giant acted with negligence, ignoring the warning signs of the flawed software.

“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,” Philip’s wife Alicia said.

From Breitbart:

In the years leading up to Paxson’s death, multiple individuals had notified Google about the collapsed bridge and had urged the company to update its route information. The court filing includes email records from another Hickory resident who had used the map’s “suggest an edit” feature in September 2020 to alert the company that it was directing drivers over the collapsed bridge. Google confirmed receiving the report and was reviewing the suggested change in November 2020, but the lawsuit claims that no further actions were taken by the company.