There’s no doubt about it, Pokemon Go has taken over the world. And, why not? This mobile app, based on the popular cartoon, has players all over the world “Trying to catch ’em all.”
Along with the feeling of being just like Ash Ketchum, apparently many players are having their own adventures while playing this game as well – like the girl that found a dead body while searching a waterway. But, that’s not all – recently a 20- something-year-old man got into a car wreck because he was playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel.
You heard that right – he crashed into a tree because he was distracted while playing on a mobile app. Thankfully, although the crash destroyed the front of his car, the driver wasn’t seriously injured and (per local police) very lucky to have survived.
Moral of the story, although this app is fun and entertaining, it’s probably not a good idea to try and catch a Charmander while behind the wheel. To prevent car wrecks and other unfortunate incidents, we found the following list (from the Auburn Police Department) to ensure your safety while playing Pokemon Go, and other distracting apps, while out and about:
- Do not play Pokemon Go while operating a bicycle or motor vehicle.
- Do not go on private property to catch Pokemon.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, failure to do so may result in you bumping into objects and people, wandering into unsafe areas, or worse.
- Always travel in groups and in well-lit/public locations.
- Use caution when sharing your location because strangers are privy to this information.
If you’re ever in a car accident in Houston due to the negligence of a driver that’s playing Pokemon Go, make sure you find a lawyer who promises to be on your side. Make sure you get the compensation you deserve.