By Nichole E. Lefevre, Esq.
This week, the popular cell phone game Pokémon Go claimed its first life since its launch earlier this summer. A truck driver in Japan struck two pedestrians, killing a 72-year-old woman and seriously injuring a 60-year-old woman, because he was distracted by playing Pokémon Go while operating a motor vehicle.
Pokémon Go does not seem inherently dangerous, but injuries caused by people playing the game are stacking up. The Washington Post reported that within 30 minutes of the game's launch, there were already people reporting to emergency rooms for treatment of injuries experienced while playing. Accidents caused by Pokémon Go have included: motor vehicle crashes, slips, trips, falls, walking into objects or people, and bicycle accidents.
Pokémon Go can be played safety by following a few simple rules:
- Do not play Pokémon Go while operating a motor vehicle.
- Look up while walking while playing.
- Do not trespass while playing.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to watch where you are going.
Even if you are not playing Pokémon Go, you may be injured by someone who is. Be aware of your surroundings and be aware of people who are playing. If you or a loved one was injured by someone playing Pokémon Go who was not paying attention, you may be entitled to compensation. You should contact an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli right away to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1.