Since its release in July 2016, players have really been having a ball with the new game Pokémon Go. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train Pokémon in real-world locations. Using the smartphone’s camera and GPS, the little monsters can appear on the screen as if they are right in front of you. The app opens with warnings to be careful while playing, but that hasn’t stopped some mystical people from finding themselves in Muk-y situations. From a few reports, we have compiled 3 steps to avoid injuries while playing Pokémon Go:
- Be aware of your surroundings
This seems like an obvious piece of advice, yet it seems a few people have not heeded it. Just a few minutes after the game’s release, a player reported on the popular site, Reddit, of being injured while playing Pokémon Go. “Not even 30 minutes after the release last night, I slipped and fell down a ditch,” said the Reddit user. The player also reported that he fractured a bone in his foot which would require 6-8 weeks of recovery.
In another case that occurred in July, two men in their early 20’s fell down a crumbling sandstone cliff in Encinitas, California. “The men were playing Pokémon Go at the time and likely were led to the cliff when they were trying to catch characters,” said Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. One man fell 75 to 100 feet. As firefighters rescued him, they found the second man unconscious 50 feet down the cliff. Luckily, both men sustained only moderate injuries.
It can certainly be easy to forget to be aware of your surroundings when tracking down rare illusive monsters. But, try to make sure all you earn from playing the game are badges and not broken bones.
- Don’t play and drive
On July 18, 2016, a Pokémon Go enthusiast crashed into a Baltimore police car while playing the game on his phone. The whole incident was caught by a body-camera worn by one of the police officers. In the video, the camera captures a Toyota Rav 4 slamming into the police vehicle and continuing to drive to the end of the block. The officer runs to the stopped vehicle and asks if everyone is OK. “That’s what I get for playing this game,” the driver said to the officers on the video. Although the driver was not seriously injured, this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention.
The game has tried to discourage playing and driving by making sure eggs in the game don’t hatch if the player is travelling faster than 40 miles per hour. However, this has clearly not deterred all players. Driving while playing could result in serious injuries to yourself or others. These injuries could include bruises, broken bones, paralyzation, and even death. Nothing in the game, no matter how rare, is worth these risks.
- Play with a valorous friend
Take a piece of advice from Ash Ketchum and never travel alone. Having a friend along ensures there’s someone to help you in case something does go wrong. Plus, the game is simply more fun when you have another valorous companion at your side.
Here at Guldjian & Fasel, we believe injuries while playing Pokemon Go are simply Onix-ceptable. If you or a loved one has been injured while playing Pokémon Go as a result of another person’s fault, call our California personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there will be no cost to you, unless we recover. Our attorneys at Guldjian will aggressively fight for you until justice is served, whether it is through a settlement or a trial. Let us help you and your loved ones get through this difficult time. Our dedicated and caring team of California personal injury attorneys will be available to you 24/7. Call us at 888.546.5315 for a free consultation.