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Pokémon Go – A New Cause of Dangerous Car Accidents?

February 02, 2017

Pokémon Go – A New Cause of Dangerous Car Accidents? 

Pokémon Go has recently gained attention worldwide and has done so at an exponential rate. It's only been a few weeks since the Pokémon Go craze began and there has already been an accident involving the game. Notably, a recent car accident in Australia occurred when a 19-year-old man playing Pokémon Go crashed through a fence and into a school building. Nobody was injured in this accident, but it still demonstrates that a new form of distracted driving may begin to surface throughout the world.

Whatever the reason may be for the sudden craze of a mobile app game, it goes without saying that drivers most certainly should not be playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel. Because of the accident, Australia will be issuing significant fines for anyone pulled over for playing the game while driving. Additionally, the Australian government has put flashing signs on highways to remind drivers not to play the game while driving.

Pokémon Go is a game that requires players to make frequent stops to find and train creatures using a GPS system, making the game interact with real places. There have been both praise and criticisms of the game, and the distraction the game may have on players driving vehicles, riding bicycles, or simply walking in the streets is just one of many issues that have been discussed.

Will the United States Have to Implement Similar Laws and Warnings?

Given that Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its launch, the game is likely to play a role in automobile accidents that occur in the United States. We have already seen how Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media applications have contributed to deadly car accidents, so it will not be too surprising if Pokémon Go becomes the next distraction to cause a catastrophic and needless accident.

If accidents begin to occur more frequently, states may begin to crack down on distracted drivers and may do so with the implementation of huge fines, and enhanced penalties if a distracted driver causes an accident resulting in injuries or death to others. While most of us would agree that it is not smart to play Pokémon Go or use any other game or application while behind the wheel, many people still choose to do so at the expense of the safety of others. Hopefully, it will not take a tragic accident to bring to light that distracted driving is a huge problem that is just as significant as drunk driving.

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

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a distracted driving accident, you should consider speaking with an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible. Distracted driving continues to become a problem all across Georgia and throughout the United States. With more than 38 years of experience helping clients who have been injured in automobile accidents, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, is a firm with the necessary resources, skill, and dedication to evaluate your case to determine if someone else may be at fault for your injuries.

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