A motorist who was playing the popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” recently crashed his car into a tree and sustained significant physical injuries.
The car accident occurred in Auburn, New York on the night of Tuesday, July 12. According to the Auburn police department, the driver conceded that he was playing the “Pokemon Go” game while driving, which caused him to become distracted and veer off the road. The motor vehicle came to a stop when it collided with a tree.
The driver suffered cuts to both of his legs as a result of the car crash. Additionally, he was reportedly disoriented when law enforcement and emergency medical responders arrived at the auto accident scene.
In the game “Pokemon Go,” players chase and capture Pokemon characters with the use of their Smartphone cameras. The game has become all the rage among millions of Americans, with many people spending hours every day searching for the game character. The problem is that the game can also distract individuals from the world around them. The NY car crash is one instance of how serious accidents can happen when a person is focused on the Pokemon game and is not being attentive to their driving.
Police are currently conducting an investigation into the Auburn NY car accident. After the motor vehicle accident, the Auburn Police Department issued an advisory that cautions motorists to exercise “common sense” when trying to catch Pokemon and to always have their eyes on the road. The advisory states the following:
- You should not use the app while you are driving a motor vehicle or bicycle.
- You should not trespass on private property when you are attempting to capture a Pokemon.
- Be mindful of your environment when you are walking, and do not look down at your phone without realizing the dangers around you, such as roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc.
- Be careful when providing information regarding your whereabouts because strangers are able to view information concerning your location.
- Travel in groups in areas that are well populated and that have adequate lighting.
Given the growing popularity of the “Pokemon Go” mobile game, there may well be more instances of distracted driving and car accidents in the future. Hopefully, drivers and pedestrians will adhere to the points mentioned in the police advisory.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due the distracted driving of another motorist, call the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner. We can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve.