Pokémon Go is undeniably the hottest smartphone game right now. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an augmented reality game that lets players catch and train virtual monsters. Many are heralding the game as a boon for getting people outside and walking more, but that positive behavior has a negative side.
Safety advocates are concerned that playing the game may lead to a rise in car accidents, pedestrian injuries, and slip and fall accidents.
What makes Pokémon Go dangerous?
Pokémon Go encourages players to walk around while looking at their cell phone screens as they wait for virtual monsters called Pokémon to appear. Players must stop and catch the Pokémon to progress in the game. Pokémon can appear anywhere – parks, lakes, and even on busy roadways. The random appearances are what lead some players to walk blindly into dangerous situations.
Reports are already coming in regarding player injuries while playing the game. A Pittsburgh teen was hit by a car while playing Pokémon Go as she crossed a busy highway. Philadelphia Police even chimed in, warning citizens that losing track of their surroundings can leave them vulnerable to muggings and accidents.
Stay Safe While Playing Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go isn’t all bad; it is doing a great job of getting gamers out and exercising. Local businesses near SEPTA stops are promoting game features near their locations to entice customers when transportation delays occur. The Philadelphia Art Museum watched new visitors pour in hunting for Pokémon among their art exhibits.
Players can stay safe while playing the game if they follow some simple rules:
- Always play in well-populated areas.
- Avoid playing at night, especially in sparsely populated areas.
- Play with friends and watch out for one another.
- Do not trespass on private property.
- Do not play near streets and use crosswalks at all times.
- Take frequent breaks inside during the hottest parts of the day.
- Never play while driving or riding a bike/skateboard.
When Pokémon Go players fail to follow these easy safety tips, they put themselves and others at risk. A driver distracted by Pokémon Go behind the wheel may cause an accident or strike a pedestrian.
If you suffer any injury that somebody else caused, talk to a personal injury attorney to learn about your rights to pursue a legal claim. Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-486-8196 to request a free consultation regarding your accident.