Pokémon Go was released on July 6, 2016 to Android and IOS devices. The mania over Pokémon Go is unbelievable. The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps after launching. Pokémon Go makes use of GPS and the camera of smart phones and devices, and allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear throughout the real world. Gamers playing on their mobile devices often are searching for Pokémon, but in the real world. As a result they are not paying attention to their surroundings.
This week alone there has been several injuries as a result of gamers not paying attention to reality, while chasing Pokémon. It was reported that a gamer was hit by a car trying to cross an interstate highway; two gamers fell over a 75-100ft bluff in San Diego, California. There were two other Pokémon gamers that had to call security because they were locked in a cemetery after hours. A major aerospace company banned Pokémon Go from their employee’s phones, after an employee was injured at work. A college student, Pokémon gamer, was robbed while distracted playing Pokémon Go.
Here are some basic Tips to help Avoid Injury While Playing Pokémon Go,
1. Always be Aware of Your Surroundings
Be careful of the real world in front of you. POKEMON is NOT real. That hill you are climbing to chase Pokémon, might just have a drop like the gamers experienced in California.
2. DO NOT ATTEMPT to cross the street While Gaming
I don’t think I should have to say this, but I do. Look both ways, before you cross the street. Do not cross a street, unless you are in a cross walk. Stop chasing Pokémon while crossing the street. Again, Remember Pokémon is not real, but that Truck driving down the street is!
There may be objects on the stairs and escalators that may cause you to fall. You may bump into people and cause an injury. Let Pokémon wait until are in a safe Place.
Distracted Driving in Dangerous. Unfortunately, this is a serious problem. DO NOT play Pokémon while operating a vehicle. Driving and Playing Pokémon may kill you or someone else. Catch Pokémon later.
Please do not get locked into a cemetery like two gamers did this week. Please stay OFF Private Property!
Please do not run into people while walking outside, in shopping centers, or sporting events. You get the Point, be Careful. REMEMBER POKEMON IS A GAME!!! IT IS NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE!
Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks is the managing partner at GDH LAW, personal injury and business litigation firm in Lanham, MD. Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks practices in Maryland and the District of Columbia.