We all know how dangerous driving while texting is, and there are sobering injury and death statistics to prove it. Driving while playing the trendy new game Pokemon GO is an equally dangerous type of distracted driving.
Earlier this week, a 28-year-old driver in Auburn, New York, crashed into a tree while playing the game. Miraculously, considering the photo of the car, he survived, although he sustained lacerations to both legs. Not surprisingly, he didn't know exactly where he was or what had happened for a while.
Ironically, Pokemon GO was created in part as an incentive to get people walking more. In fact, the game's GPS doesn't function if a player is moving faster than 20 miles per hour. Playing while driving combines the danger of driving too slowly with the danger of suddenly slamming on the brakes when a driver discovers a Pokemon.
All distracted driving has the potential to cause injuries
Distracted driving accidents can be extremely serious. They may cause injuries that range from broken bones and whiplash to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. They can also result in wrongful death.
Accident victims and their families typically need compensation from the negligent driver to cover their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In some car accident cases, the insurance company attempts to deny or undervalue valid claims. When this happens, people need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a family member suffers injuries in a distracted driving accident, you may want to speak with a lawyer to ensure you understand all of your rights.