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Should You Catch Pokémon While Driving?

November 28, 2016
Colson Hicks Eidson

Have you heard of Pokémon Go? It’s a new game that allows you to hunt Pokémon in real life. The game uses your cellphone’s GPS to help you hunt and catch virtual monsters, and it’s become a national obsession. Everywhere you turn there are Pokémon enthusiasts walking around, staring at their phones and trying to catch ‘em all. However, this new form of entertainment has a dark side.

Should You Catch Pokémon While Driving?

It was 10:44 pm on a Tuesday night when a crash startled the residents of Auburn, New York. Neighbors called the Auburn Police Department who arrived to find a car that had crashed into a tree. The 28-year-old driver of the car told police that he had swerved while hunting Pokémon and slammed into the tree.

Luckily for this driver, he suffered no major injuries, but police don’t want this type of crash to happen again. Authorities have compiled some advice to make sure your Pokémon adventure doesn’t turn into a distracted driving nightmare.

Pokémon Go No Nos

  • Don’t trespass on other people’s property to catch a Pokémon.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings so you don’t walk into the road or over a drop off.
  • Only share your location with people you know and trust.
  • DON’T play Pokémon Go while driving or riding your bike!

Remember, a Pokémon Go crash is still a distracted driving crash. That means you can be held responsible for the damages caused during a crash or incident involving this game or other distraction. Always remember that car crashes can happen in a split second to people who are otherwise safe drivers. That text or game is not worth your life, or the lives of other innocent people on the road.

This has been a message from the personal injury attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson—located in Coral Gables, Florida and serving the entire state and nation.