Pokemon Go – a New Distraction for Drivers?
Unless you have been in a media blackout and not been outside of your home for the past several weeks, chances are that you have heard of Pokemon Go. The new “augmented reality” game broke the record for the most downloads from the Apple App Store in its first week of release and by some estimates has some .1
For the uninitiated, here’s how the game works. You control an avatar in a virtual world by actually moving around in the real world searching for Pokemon, fictional creatures that can be captured and “trained.” When you get to a Pokemon, the app uses your phone’s camera function to generate an image of a Pokemon as it would appear in the real world, which you then try and catch by throwing pokeballs at it.
While this all may seem like harmless fun, whenever people are distracted from their surroundings, there is a potential for an accident. This is particularly true for people who are driving motor vehicles, and if you suspect that a Pokemon Go-related car accident has already happened, you are correct. ,2 a man in Auburn, New York driving directly into a tree while he was playing Pokemon Go. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
Distracted Driving Can Entitle Victims to Compensation
Distracted drivers can cause extremely serious accidents that have the potential to leave victims with significant losses, like medical expenses, damage to their vehicle, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately for victims, if they can show that the driver that caused their accident was distracted, they will likely be able to recover compensation for these and any other losses they may incur.
While smartphone use by drivers is undoubtedly a serious issue, driver distractions can also be decidedly low tech. Some examples of common driver distractions include the following:
- Talking to passengers
- Applying makeup
- Looking at scenery
If you believe that your accident was caused by a distracted driver, you should have an attorney review your case in order to determine whether you have a claim.