While the Pokemon Go craze of the summer months appears to be dying down, there are still many individuals who engage in the game on a regular basis. Using a mobile game app, players try to catch Pokemon in real life and real time by using the GPS feature on their smartphones and augmented reality settings. When drivers try to play Pokemon Go, however, they create very real hazards, both for themselves and for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation State Patrol, distracted driving is a continually growing safety problem on Wisconsin roadways. At least 94 people were killed on Wisconsin roads last year due to at least one driver involved in the crash being distracted. Likewise, authorities estimate that 10,615 injuries occurred in distracted driving crashes in 2015.
As a result, the State Patrol recommends that drivers worry more about roadway safety than achieving a high score. If it is necessary to travel longer distances to catch a rare Pokemon, then authorities recommend that you designate a driver or use a ride-share service in order to ensure not only your own safety, but the safety of other drivers and passengers on the road. Failing to do so can endanger the lives of everyone on the road. Success in a virtual reality game is not near as important as being safe. With so many potential hazards on the roadways, and so many opportunities for distraction, drivers need to be even more cautious.
While games such as Pokemon Go can be a fun pastime, they are not one that you can safely play while driving. However, if an accident does occur that causes injuries to you or a loved one, Boller & Vaughan is substantially skilled in Wisconsin personal injury law and has the extensive experience necessary to lead you throughout the often lengthy and complex process of a personal injury claim. Regardless of the cause of the car wreck that led to your injuries, we know how to help you get the compensation that you deserve. If you are facing this type of situation, you can count on your Madison motor vehicle accident attorneys to help you develop and manage your claim for damages under Wisconsin law.