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Pokemon Go Game Promoting Dangerous Distracted Driving

Rick Plezia July 26, 2016 Motor Vehicle Accidents

A new game, called Pokemon Go, is tempting players to do something incredibly dangerous – drive while distracted. The game has already been downloaded more than 30 million times in only three weeks. In their excitement to play the game, many players are throwing safety to the wind.

What Is Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go is a downloadable location-based game for smartphones. The aim of the game is to catch, battle, and train creatures called Pokemon. Players can find creatures to catch by walking around and visiting locations specified in the game. The ultimate goal of the game is to collect all 151 Pokemon.

Players quickly figured out they can catch Pokemon more quickly by driving rather than walking. Driving allows players to travel farther and faster, helping them obtain an advantage in the game. While some players sit in the passenger seat while they play, others are choosing to play while behind wheel.

Any cell phone use while driving is dangerous because it combines all three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distracted driving occurs when drivers take their eyes off the road. Manual distracted driving occurs when drivers take their hands off the wheel, and cognitive distracted driving occurs when drivers take their mind off the task of driving.

While any one of these types of distracted driving is dangerous on its own, when drivers suffer all three types of distracted driving at once, they not only put themselves at risk, but they also put passengers and other motorists on the road at risk. Drivers who play Pokemon Go while driving take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving can cause serious personal injuries and even wrongful death to those on or near our nation’s roadways.

Houston Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

There is no excuse for distracted driving. If you or a loved one have been in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver and have questions about your rights, call the experienced Houston distracted driving accident attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates. We’ve helped scores of clients obtain compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.