Posted on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 2:39 am    

Have you seen adults walking around looking at their cell phone as if they are using it as a microscope or binoculars? Do they seem oblivious to what is going on around them as they stare at the cell phone screen as if they are searching for gold? If so, you just witnessed the latest phenomenon to sweep the planet – Pokémon Go.

Are you addicted to Pokémon Go?

If so, you are not alone. Pokémon Go has swept through the nation and around the world, taking players on a virtual and real-world hunt for wild Pokémon. However, adults playing the game are beginning to cause real-world accidents that result in real injuries.

What is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is a mobile app that allows players to use their cell phones to track and capture virtual characters. By combining the real world and a virtual world, the app gives players the opportunity to explore various locations in an attempt to catch all of the Pokémon characters. Unfortunately, as players become obsessed with catching these virtual creatures, they are forgetting to take precautions to prevent real-world accidents.

Is Pokémon Go Causing Traffic Accidents?

In addition to walking into buildings, trees, fountains, and other people, Pokémon Go addicts are causing traffic accidents. Just like texting while driving, playing a game on your cell phone is extremely dangerous. Drivers are not the only ones causing traffic accidents while playing the popular game. Pedestrians are walking into the street without regard for traffic in their quest to find and capture the elusive Pokémon.

There have been rumors of players causing multi-car pileups because they were distracted while driving; however, not all of the stories about Pokémon Go accidents are hoaxes. US News reports several incidents where people have been injured while playing the game or people were injured due to someone else playing the game. The potential danger from being distracted while playing Pokémon Go promoted the police departments in Sacramento, Roseville, Rockin and Elk Grove to issue safety notices for Pokémon Go players.

Unfortunately, not everyone will heed these safety warnings. A Sacramento resident blatantly admits he drives while playing the game and will probably ignore the safety warnings issued by police departments. In a statement, Reid Konkel said, “I’m guilty of playing ‘Pokémon Go’ and driving, so I will probably not be participating in those concerns.”

Have You Been Injured in a Pokémon Go Accident?

If you are injured by a distracted driver, you are entitled to recover damages for your losses, damages, and injuries. You should not bear the financial burden of a traffic accident caused by a distracted driver. Our Sacramento car accident lawyers can help you receive compensation for your injuries.

Contact the Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule a free case evaluation. Even if you believe you may be partially to blame for a traffic collision, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Sacramento personal injury attorney. You may still be entitled to recover some compensation for your injuries.

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