In distracted driving accidents, sometimes it turns out that drivers were distracted by an argument with a passenger while others were focused on eating while driving. Distractions run the gamut and include an almost infinite variety, many of which are the direct fault of the driver. Such is the case with drivers who wreck while simultaneously playing games on their cell phone.

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game, and it clearly warns players to pay attention to their surroundings while it loads. Pokémon Go may be getting gamers off the couch and out of the house, but it is also contributing to the numerous car accidents that happen because of distracted driving. If you were the victim of a car accident caused by a Pokémon-hunting distracted driver, it’s time to contact a Boise Pokémon Go accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates.


How Pokémon Go Affects Driving

As an augmented reality game, Pokémon Go combines the user’s location with digital game elements to supply players with Pokémon characters to find and catch. The goal of the game is to collect as many high-level Pokémon as possible. The problem is that the game requires players to move around a great deal, which has unfortunately caused some app-users to play while operating a moving vehicle.

The game was meant to get gamers out and about, something unique to video games. Unfortunately, when people play irresponsibly and drive at the same time, it leads to distracted driving accidents. In 2014, almost 5,000 accidents occurred because of distracted driving according to the Idaho Transportation Department. The current numbers are likely to increase as large numbers of people are playing Pokémon Go while driving despite the app’s warnings not to do so.


The Consequences of Playing Pokémon Go While Driving

Distracted driving accidents caused by playing an augmented reality game while behind the wheel can lead to extremely serious injuries. Playing a game while driving is very much like drinking and driving—the driver isn’t alert enough to react to traffic and road conditions.

Playing a mobile game while operating a car is an irresponsible decision, and you should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake. A Boise Pokémon Go accident lawyer from our office will help you seek financial compensation from the responsible party.


Experienced Boise Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Although people playing Pokémon Go are simply enjoying themselves, gaming and driving should never be combined. Even if a distracted driver had no intention of causing a car accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences when the recklessness of another is to blame. The lawyers of Craig Swapp & Associates can get you the compensation that will allow you to recover as much as possible from your accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by mobile-device use or some other type of distracted driving, we will help you seek justice and financial restitution. Put one of our qualified attorneys on your case by calling 1-800-404-9000 or filling out the form at the bottom of this page.