Many of our readers have, by now, heard of the current craze over the game “Pokemon Go.” The game, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a so-called augmented reality mobile game which has users to interact with their environment through virtual characters. The game has drawn a lot of attention because of some of the bizarre mishaps that have occurred with users.
Of course, another risk of the game is that, like any mobile device use, it increases the risk of accidents caused by distraction. Here in New York, there has been at least one car accident reported to have been caused by using Pokémon Go. The driver in this case reportedly crashed into a tree, totaling the vehicle and causing injuries to himself, though fortunately nobody else was hurt.
Distracted driving is obviously a well-known problem, and is one of the most serious safety issues on the road at present. Distracted driving comes in a variety of forms, but is particularly common in connection to the use of mobile devices. Drivers, of course, have the legal duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a motor vehicle at all times, and many states now have laws specifically punishing distracted driving. Anytime a driver causes death or injury to others because of distracting activity, though, he or she can be held liable for the damages.
Those who have been harmed by a distracted driver have the right to seek fair compensation in court, and it is important to work with an experienced advocate to ensure one’s rights and interests receive the best possible advocacy.