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Pokemon GO puts distracted drivers on the road

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Pokemon GO puts distracted drivers on the road

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Distracted driving looked different before technology was at its present day prevalence – it consisted of distracting activities like eating, looking at a map, having conversations with your passengers, or being distracted by children or pets in the backseat. Today, distracted driving includes texting, talking on a cell phone, browsing emails on your phone, using social media, taking photos and even looking at your GPS instead of paying attention to the road.

Now, a cell phone game that encourages physical activity like walking, has people trying to play the game while driving on the road. Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game that was almost instantly popular after its release this year. It has players move their avatar within the game to collect Pokemon hidden in real-world locations. Since players have to physically move to those locations in order to find and catch Pokemon in the game, some have unfortunately tried to drive while looking for and catching Pokemon.

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Distracted Driving Causes Car Accidents

Driving and looking for Pokemon on your phone screen is a recipe for disaster. Even if you only look at your phone for a few seconds, 59 percent of all crashes involving young drivers include distractions within six seconds of the accident taking place, according to the American Automobile Association. Among people ages 16 to 34, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death. The game’s target audience is the same age group.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently reported on its assessment of drivers and pedestrians distracted by the game, and looked at crashes potentially caused by Pokemon GO. They studied this by mining social media and news reports.

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Distracted Driving Attorney

The results, published last week,¬†showed that 33 percent of tweets studied from Twitter over a 10 day period involving Pokemon and driving indicated that either a driver, passenger or pedestrian was distracted by the game. Of all the tweets studied, 18 percent showed a person was playing the game while driving, with tweets like “omg I’m catching Pokemon and driving.” In only 10 days, there were 113,993 incidents reported on Twitter nationwide as a result of distracted driving or walking while playing the game. The study found that safety messages around the game were less common.

The study also found that at least 14 crashes were attributed to Pokemon GO. One player drove a car into a tree while playing and driving.

When crashes are caused by someone else’s distractions, negligence or recklessness, people can get injured or face worse consequences. A personal injury attorney can help you get maximum compensation for an injury or wrongful death resulting from careless or distracted driving.

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