Pokémon Go Causes Driver to Slam into Police Car


August 28, 2016

Many people have already become aware of the negative consequences associated with this summer's fad – Pokémon Go. Not only has a young man driven into a school building in Australia while playing Pokémon Go, but here in the United States, a man recently slammed into the back of a Baltimore police vehicle while playing the game on his cell phone. Upon hitting the police vehicle, the man continued to drive until a police officer on foot was able to get the man's attention. According to the report, nobody was injured in this accident, but the outcome could have been much worse.

Distracted Driving Has Reached a New Level

Baltimore police indicated that playing Pokémon Go while driving is no different than putting makeup on, eating, texting, or otherwise doing something that keeps your eyes off of the road. While one purpose of Pokémon Go, according to the creators of the game, is to encourage people to get outside and be interactive instead of playing a game at home, the outcome has raised many safety concerns that go beyond distracted driving. However, distracted driving is likely one of the most dangerous consequences of Pokémon Go and similar games that require a player to be looking at his or her phone at all times.

Not only have innocent people been seriously injured as a result of distracted driving accidents, but many others have lost their lives all because of a Facebook message, Snapchat video, Instagram photo, just to name a few. While most of us will agree that games, messages, updates on your status, and sharing pictures can wait, many people still continue to be distracted by many things around them.

Potential Injuries Suffered as a Result of Distracted Driving Accidents

Regardless of how a distracted driving accident occurs, the consequences can lead to permanent or even fatal injuries including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Neck fractures and whiplash;
  • Spinal cord injuries leading to partial or permanent paralysis;
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions;
  • Broken, fractured or shattered bones;
  • Cuts, gashes, and other soft tissue injuries;
  • Injuries to internal organs (such as a punctured lung);
  • Burns;
  • Amputations; and
  • Death.

It is important to keep in mind that any of the injuries listed above can be life-altering, requiring the need for continuous medical care that carries its own set of consequences in the form of emotional and financial stress. Additionally, while the physical pain may go away following treatment of an injury, the consequences of the injury can still be permanent, such as scarring from burns or the loss of limb. The bottom line is that a person's life can change forever all because someone made the decision to play a game, send a text message, or take a picture while behind the wheel. Until we can minimize distracted driving, innocent individuals will likely continue to suffer injuries and even death through no fault of their own.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Distracted driving has resulted in significant and catastrophic accidents that simply do not need to occur and, for the most part, are preventable. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to distracted driving, it may be time to speak with a qualified Auto Accident Lawyer Montlick & Asscociates. Montlick & Associates has more than thirty years of experience providing legal representation to injured individuals from all across Georgia. Our Car Accident Attorneys truly understand what it takes to help their clients recover after suffering debilitating injuries.

If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333) to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com, to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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