Pokémon Go, a mobile game that has taken America by storm, has recently
come under fire after several news stories reported game players causing
traffic accidents after attempting to play the game and drive. Last Wednesday,
a New York man crashed his car into a tree while trying to
play and drive. More recently, a Baltimore driver crashed his Toyota Rav4 into a parked
police car while playing the game. Police officials and concerned citizens
fear for public safety as more reports surface of distracted drivers causing
accidents while playing Pokémon Go.
How Pokémon Go Is Problematic
Pokémon Go is a mobile game that uses GPS tracking and augmented
reality to engage it’s players searching for, catching and battling
Pokémon. Players battle their Pokémon at gyms to gain experience
and level up the Pokémon they’ve captured. The gyms are located
all over different cities and players are required to be within a small
radius of the gym to engage in playing. Many media outlets are calling
the Pokemon craze “the new texting while driving” as many
players are opening the game to try and catch ‘em all while driving
despite the full-screen warning before the game loads.
Did a Pokemon Go Player Injure You?
If you were injured in a
pedestrian accident by an inattentive Pokemon Go driver, you could receive compensation
for your injuries. It is illegal in New York for anyone to
use their cell phone to call, text or play games while driving. In a personal
injury claim, you must prove the other party failed to take reasonable
duty of care. Drivers playing Pokemon Go are not only breaking the law
but are also driving recklessly.
Contact our experienced
Brooklyn car accident attorney if you
were injured in an accident caused by a Pokemon Go driver today.