It is a scary truth that drivers are playing Pokemon Go on their mobile phones while they are driving their vehicles. This is not only happening on Pennsylvania roads, but across the U.S. According to Recode.net, the Pokemon Go app had approximately 9.5 million active daily users, and as addictive as it seems to be, imagine how many people are caught up in the app while driving.
What is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is an augmented-reality smartphone game app. To put it as simply as possible, Pokemon Go players control their game by physically maneuvering around in the real world. Essentially, the player wanders through the world searching for Pokemon – fictional creatures that players can train once they capture them.
Players use the camera function of their smartphones to find these Pokemon characters. When players are close to a Pokemon, the camera function on a player’s smartphone overlays an image of that Pokemon into what they see in their real world, and the little character can be captured when the player throws balls called Pokeballs at it in the app.
Just like drivers are texting while driving, they are also playing this Pokemon game while driving. The city of Auburn, New York has actually posted a public safety alert on their website from the Chief of Police warning drivers to “Have Fun, But Stay Safe!” accompanied with a photo that showed a totally wrecked car.
Auburn, New York Car Crash
The public safety alert was a simple reminder that people should use common sense when playing the Pokemon Go game. That means not playing the game while driving. The driver in Auburn was playing the game and collided with a tree on July 12, 2016 near 144 Owasco Street. Like all other distracted driving car accidents, the damage to the driver’s car and the minor injuries that the driver sustained could have been prevented.
Drivers should never be playing the Pokemon Go game while they are behind the wheel – not even when they are sitting at a stop sign, nor when they are slowly pulling into a parking lot, and certainly not when they are driving on our roads. After all, they are potentially in control of a 3,000 pound deadly weapon.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver in Pennsylvania, you should contact an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney who can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your damages and injuries. In most cases, distracted drivers could have prevented the accident, so they should be held accountable for their actions and the injuries they caused. Call the law office of Solnick & Associates, LLC today at (877) 415-6495 today for a free evaluation of your case.
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