It seems like everyone is playing Pokémon Go. The smartphone app-based game became an overnight rage with people now wandering around everywhere searching for virtual Pokémon characters in their vicinity. The number of Pokémon Go players in the US peaked on July 14th, exactly one week after the game’s debut. According to SurveyMonkey, there were over 25 million smartphone users playing the game on that day.
While the game is fun and has folks out moving, it has also become a major distraction for those playing it, and a genuine public safety concern. Pokémon Go users are not only walking and looking down at their smartphones while playing the game, but they are also driving and bicycling. Players have already been injured in auto accidents and collisions. There have have been reports of game players running into traffic and some even being hit by cars while trying to capture their Pokémons. Players are going anywhere at any time of day in pursuit the virtual creatures. Some players have trespassed onto others’ property leading to unwanted confrontations, and others have faced armed robbers who set up a Pokémon trap.
The Pokémon GO Terms of Service has the following statement regarding Safe Play: “During game play, please be aware of your surroundings and play safely. You agree that your use of the App and play of the game is at your own risk, and it is your responsibility to maintain such health, liability, hazard, personal injury, medical, life, and other insurance policies as you deem reasonably necessary for any injuries that you may incur while using the Services.”
If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver playing Pokémon, let a personal injury attorney help you. Serious accidents can cause major medical expenses and other ramifications throughout your life, greatly impacting your lifestyle for years to come. By getting the help you need from a personal injury lawyer, you can better overcome some of these challenges and maintain quality of life. Call Milles Law. Your Rights. Your Lawyer.