Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States. Now drivers, and pedestrians, have another reason to be distracted — Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is the latest craze to take over the interests of Americans. The app allows you to track and “catch” virtual monsters with your cell phone. Unfortunately, the desire to catch these virtual creatures has caused some people to crash their cars, fall, or walk into traffic. Some people have even been robbed because they were not paying attention to their surroundings.
It may be difficult for some people to understand how a person could become so caught up in a game that the person would stop paying attention to their surroundings, but it happens.
- A woman in Rhode Island drove her car off the road. She admitted she was speeding and trying to catch a Pokémon monster at the time of the accident.
- Two men in California fell off a cliff while playing the game.
- A New York man a broken ankle and cuts when collided with a tree while playing Pokémon go.
Why Is Pokémon Go So Dangerous?
Playing this game can become addictive as players search for elusive, rare “monsters” to catch. Players become so determined to catch the rare creatures that they become consumed with playing the game to the point that they cease to pay attention to their surroundings. There have been reports of people walking into buildings, into other people, and out into the street. Drivers cannot stop playing even when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. They play the game while they are driving thereby putting everyone at risk.
Actually, Pokémon Go is not dangerous. An app itself cannot cause traffic accidents. It is the player that chooses to ignore warnings not to use mobile devices while they are driving who is dangerous. If that person causes a traffic accident while playing a game while driving, that person should be held liable for any injuries and damages that result from the accident.
Holding Drivers Responsible For Accidents
As with any distracted driving accident, if a driver causes an accident because he or she was distracted, you can file an accident claim against the driver’s insurance. In most cases, you can recover compensation for financial losses such as medical expenses, lost income, property damage, travel expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs.
In addition to the financial damages, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your non-economic losses, including physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional stress. The amount and types of compensation you may be entitled to receive will depend on the specific facts of your case such as the type of injury and the severity of the injury.
Do You Need A Louisville Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured in a Pokémon Go accident or any traffic accident, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. You are under no obligation — we just want to hear your story and provide legal counsel regarding your rights pursuant to Kentucky’s personal injury laws.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. We want to help you as you fight to get your life back after a tragic accident caused by a distracted or reckless driver.