The Hidden Dangers of Pokemon Go
The Dangers of Pokemon Go
While the hit game Pokemon Go is shattering download records and encouraging people of all ages to go outside and get some fresh air, stories of horrific traffic accidents and violent crimes related to the popular app are starting to proliferate. While these stories may sound like urban legends, the incidents being reported in the media are very real. Whether you’re a professional Pokemon catcher or just an innocent bystander, here is everything you need to know about the dangers of Pokemon Go.
What is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is an “augmented reality” game designed for smartphones. The game uses GPS technology to track the player’s location while alerting them to places where they can capture mystical creatures called “Pokemon”. The game is basically a scavenger hunt that encourages users to walk around and interact with other players. These types of games have been in existence for years, but they have recently surged in popularity due to people’s familiarity with the Pokemon franchise. Unfortunately, like texting and driving, the game has become yet another distraction causing traffic collisions and other accidents across the nation. Some players have also been attacked or robbed while playing the game alone at night.
Accidents, Injuries and Crimes Related to Pokemon Go
Here is a short sampling of the various accidents and crimes that have been associated with the game:
– In Melbourne, Australia, a young woman died from a hit-and-run accident caused by a driver while playing Pokemon Go.
– In Southern California, two players suffered injuries after accidentally falling off an ocean bluff while playing the game.
– Near Pittsburgh, a teenager was struck by a vehicle while she was walking across a busy highway to find Pokemon.
– In Baltimore, a player crashed his car into a police vehicle because he was playing Pokemon Go while driving.
– Players have noticed that Pokemon are popping up in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders live. In New York, legislators are trying to ban sex offenders from downloading the app.
– In Las Vegas, players searching for Pokemon late at night were shot after being robbed at gunpoint.
– In Russia, concerns over the game’s safety are so high that a company is selling insurance specifically for Pokemon-related injuries.
How to Stay Safe While Playing Pokemon Go
Playing Pokemon Go with friends and family is a great way to spend time bonding while getting some exercise outdoors. Parents are encouraged to play Pokemon Go with their young children to keep an eye on them and enjoy some quality time together. If you’re going to catch Pokemon in a location that you’re not familiar with, ask someone else to come along with you. Obviously, you should never play Pokemon Go while driving.
Have You Been Injured by Someone Playing Pokemon Go?
If you or someone you know has experienced an accident due to Pokemon Go, you need to talk to a personal injury lawyer right away to make sure your rights are protected. At Etehad Law, our attorneys can litigate all types of accident and injury claims. Call Etehad Law anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to request a free consultation. You have nothing to lose because our clients never pay fees unless we win their case.