Pokemon Go is a No-Go When Driving | September 2016

Be Safe - Don't Pokemon Go & Drive! - Tripp Law Firm

FLORIDA—Don’t Pokemon Go and Drive.

Pokemon Go is an “augmented-reality” game in which users visit real-life locations in search of virtual creatures that appear superimposed on smartphone screens. The game was released just over two months ago and recently earned the title as the most-downloaded app since July 6, 2016, its first day of availability in the United States. Now millions of adults share their obsession alongside kids who are too young to remember the original anime game from the ‘90s. People have been busted trampling through cemeteries chasing the colorful pocket monsters. Clearly, people are playing Pokemon Go just about anywhere.

If you’re still not sure what this whole Pokemon Go phenomenon is all about, here’s a quick explainer from the Associated Press: “The game overlays creatures called ‘Pokemon’ on a map of the real world. Players catch these Pokemon using ‘Pokeballs,’ which they can get from landmarks like monuments, historic sites, and public art displays. Players can join one of three teams, and can battle other teams at high profile landmarks called ‘Gyms.’”

The game has gotten people out of their houses, exploring their environments, exercising and making new friends. Unfortunately, users of the game must keep their heads and eyes focused on their smartphone to play, putting themselves and those around them at risk for major injuries. In Florida alone, there have been reports of players getting fireworks tossed at them, a man shooting at teens that he mistakenly thought were thieves, and a number of other Pokemon Go-related incidents and crimes.

However, while there are definitely risks that come with playing Pokemon Go as you walk around, nothing compares to the dangers of trying to play when you are behind the wheel. In the short time since the game’s launch, authorities all over the world have reported a spate of accidents due to the amount of people playing Pokemon Go.

Just like texting and driving, playing Pokemon Go takes your attention away from the road and puts you at a higher risk of getting into a traffic accident. Consequently, it didn’t take long for many distracted drivers and pedestrians alike to inevitably end up seriously injured while playing the game. Sadly, some users have even lost their lives, or caused the loss of a life, while distracted by the game.

Despite recent efforts by the game’s developer to make playing Pokemon Go while driving much harder, Floridians continue to be injured in Pokemon Go-related accidents. So the next time you think about logging onto Pokemon Go behind the wheel or while walking around a busy intersection, think twice about the risks you face and the potential harm you could cause.

If you or a loved one were injured in a accident as a result of the distracted driving of another, Call TRIPP LAW FIRM – Personal Injury Law at (863)666-0380 in Polk County or (727)398-2900 in Pinellas/Pasco County, for an immediate, confidential and FREE Case Evaluation. There is NO Fee and NO Costs if we do not obtain a Recovery for YOU!

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Kin Cheung, The Associated Press, Pokemon Go dangerous? Every crime, accident, death linked to game so far (July 26, 2016), available at http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/07/pokemon_go_dangerous_every_crime_accident_death_shooting_linked_to_game.html.

Christian Hoffer, ComicBook.com, New Pokemon Go Update Makes Playing While Driving Much Harder (Aug. 3, 2016), available at http://comicbook.com/2016/08/03/new-pokemon-go-update-makes-playing-while-driving-much-harder/.

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