A recent Indiana study conducted by two Purdue professors found that Pokémon Go contributed to a higher cost damage and injuries as well as the number of accidents. More than 12,000 accident reports in Tippecanoe county in Indiana were identified before and after the 2016 launch of Pokémon Go.
Those reports were then carefully cross-referenced with the locations of PokeStops in that same county. PokeStops are the location where players would visit to obtain in-game items and the purpose of the study was to identify whether or not the introduction of the popular game led to an increase in accident frequency. The researchers found that 31 additional injuries, two additional deaths and approximately $500,000 in vehicle damage were directly tied to the introduction of Pokémon Go as a game.
The likelihood of an accident within 100 meters of an intersection in which players frequently stopped was 26.5%. Pokémon Go and other distractions can lead to serious injuries in the event that someone is not focused on the road in front of them.
Any kind of distraction, including playing a game on your phone or trying to text someone back, is dangerous behavior that should be avoided entirely. In your mind, it’s easy to assume this is just a few seconds, but those critical seconds may be exactly what you need to avoid a devastating accident. Whether it’s Pokemon Go or something else grabbing your attention, keep focused on the road.
If you have already been involved in a catastrophic distracted driving accident, whether the driver was playing Pokémon Go or engaged in some other activity, you may be able to pursue compensation with the help of a lawyer who understands these complicated cases.