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“Like so many motorists, Philip put his trust in Google Maps to safely guide him home from the children’s birthday party.”

Larry Bendesky, an attorney for Alicia Paxson, husband to Philip Paxson, who drove off a collapsed bridge and died last September while following Google Maps directions. The Snow Creek Bridge in Hickory, N.C., had collapsed nine years earlier but was never repaired or barricaded, and Google Maps continued to direct drivers to cross the collapsed bridge, according to the lawsuit. Alicia Paxson is suing Google and its parent company Alphabet as well as individuals responsible for the upkeep of the bridge. (The Hill — Sept. 21, 2023)

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