Pokemon Go has become a sensation among kids and adults, resulting in millions of people walking around staring at their cellphones in an effort to find and catch the game’s signature cute little monsters. The game has been recognized for differing from traditional video games because it requires players to spend time walking around outdoors. Local government has also joined in the fun by creating walking tours such as this one created by the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. But there have been reports of Pokemon Go-related injuries because players were distracted by the game and failed to pay enough attention to their surroundings.
While personal injuries can happen at any time, the likelihood of being involved in an accident is greatly increased if you are in any way distracted by a cell phone.
Pokemon Go Injuries
According to a July 2016 Washington Post news report, Pokemon Go has become one of the most frequently downloaded cellphone applications, topping the Apple charts and accumulating more than 100,000 downloads on Google Play. Using a smartphone’s camera system, it relies on augmented reality technology and Google mapping systems to cause tiny creatures to appear on your camera screen. Players may hunt for the creatures in thousands of public locations. Although there are certainly physical fitness benefits involved in playing, increasing reports of Pokemon Go injuries have raised some concerns.
A Pokemon Go crash or pedestrian accident can result from players tripping or stepping off sidewalks and into traffic. Recently a 15 year old girl was struck by a car while chasing Pokemon across a road in Pennsylvania. She suffered only minor injuries but pedestrians must stay alert. According to the CDC pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a vehicle’s occupants.
On U.S. roads and highways, distracted driving accidents also are a concern. The American Automobile Association (AAA) warns that Pokemon Go car accidents could result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. There have already been several accidents where drivers admitted to being distracted by playing the game, including an Auburn man who drove his car into a tree and a fatal crash in Japan where a truck driver struck and killed a pedestrian.
Pokemon Go Safety Tips
In the quest to improve player safety, one clever manufacturer has come forward with a helmet device that protects the player’s head while holding their cell phone out in front of them, according to a CNET report. While this may seem extreme, the risk of accidental injuries is no joke. A CBS news report on Pokemon Go accidents states the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has issued a warning to players, urging them to use caution when playing, and offering the following tips to avoid injuries:
- Do not play Pokemon Go when operating a bike or motor vehicle;
- Do not venture into unfamiliar surroundings in which you would be alone or isolated;
- Pedestrians should remain alert and use caution in places where there is traffic, particularly when crossing streets and intersections;
- Be aware of obstacles in your path while walking;
- When playing at night, wear bright, reflective clothing; and
- Playing in teams or groups enables you to look out for one another’s safety, while also allowing you to accumulate more points.
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