Checking out what the other drivers are doing around you can be scarier than watching a slasher movie. A quick glance and you’ll probably see drivers talking or texting on their phones; while others may be paying more attention to their fast food meal than the road. Still others may be trying to apply their makeup in their rearview mirrors. Now, you can add one more to the list of distractions for drivers — Pokemon Go players.
In this augmented reality game, players use their cell phones to hunt down the fictional characters from the Pokemon game and cartoon series. These players will also be searching for Pokestops, which are virtual centers where they can retrieve supplies that will help them capture more Pokemon, and training centers, where players can virtually battle their Pokemon. When played on foot or on a bike, Pokemon Go can be a great way for a player to get exercise. The problem is that too many zealous players are also searching for Pokemon while driving their cars.
What You Need to Know About Accidents & Pokemon Go
Players — or trainers, as they’re referred to in the game — may stop their cars suddenly if their cell phone alerts them with a buzz that they’re passing a Pokemon, especially if it’s a rare one, such as a Pikachu or a Slowbro. Or they might even rear-end you if they’re too busy trying to catch a Pokemon and fail to notice that you have come to a stop. Numerous accidents involving Pokemon Go players have already been reported, including one where a trainer hit a tree and another where a player crashed into a parked police car.
According to Time Money, between 5 million and 25 million people have been playing Pokemon since the app first became available in July 2016. And while most are probably heeding the app’s warning not to play while driving, others are just too intent on their mission to “catch them all” to discontinue playing even when they’re behind the wheel.
Pokemon Go and Defensive Driving
So how can you protect yourself from Pokemon Go players who are playing while driving? Your best bet is to practice defensive driving. For instance, if you notice that the car in front or behind you is moving erratically, do your best to distance yourself from the vehicle. You will also want to keep an eye out for signs that a Pokestop, gym or Pokemon may be in the area. If you see several people staring intently at their phones on the sidewalk up ahead, you may be approaching a Pokemon Go-related game feature.
Contact An Experienced Car Wreck Attorney
If you should get into a vehicle accident with a person who you suspect was playing Pokemon Go, it’s important to get the information of any witnesses who may have seen the driver playing or being distracted by their phone. Additionally, if you or your passengers were injured in the accident, you will want to contact Dashner Law Firm. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your physical damages as well as for your medical costs, lost wages and possibly for your pain and suffering.