Pokemon GO Car Accident Epidemic
There is a Pokemon GO car wreck epidemic sweeping the nation. The augmented reality game, Pokemon GO, has only been available for a few weeks and it is already causing legal issues for players all over. The game requires players to catch Pokemon at different locations and utilizes the GPS on smartphones. Players are encouraged to seek out and explore their community looking for Pokemon. It comes as no surprise that players have begun playing the game while driving in order to find more Pokemon and faster.
Similar to texting and driving Pokemon GO and driving has quickly become a problem as gamers seek out to “catch ‘em all.” A man in New York was driving while playing Pokemon GO when he became distracted, drove off the road, and crashed head-on into a tree. A 15-year-old girl from Pennsylvania was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing a highway playing the game. The girl is expected to live but suffered serious injuries. Two law enforcement officers in Canada were injured when their patrol car was backed into. Two individuals exited the car and apologized while admitting that they were playing Pokemon GO.
Last week, it was reported that a rare Pokemon, “Vaporeon”, was spotted in NYC near Central Park. Hundreds of people flocked to the area to attempt to catch it. Videos of the event showed a driver leaving their car parked on the road. Numerous law enforcement agencies have issued public safety announcements warning about the dangers of playing the game while driving.
Drivers have a duty to act reasonably under the circumstances which includes avoiding activities that distract their attention from the road. When a driver breaches this duty and is the actual and proximate cause of a car accident, liability attaches. Pokemon GO car accidents are definitely the result of negligent conduct which may be actionable in civil court.
If you have been injured in a Pokemon GO car accident, you can send a clear message to others that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. Contact a personal injury attorney today to discuss holding the driver accountable for their reckless conduct. Pokemon GO car accidents are preventable and avoidable.