Distracted driving is a real threat to the safety of every motorist, passenger, bicyclist and pedestrian in South Carolina. Unfortunately, too many people fail to take this threat seriously. They think they can text, browse Facebook, or take a selfie safely. Some people even think they can play games in a world of virtual or augmented reality while driving.
As ridiculous as this might sound, there is research to suggest that last year, people playing the game “Pokémon Go” while driving were responsible for a sharp increase in crashes.
Where the accidents occurred
According to a recent study from Purdue University, accidents near Pokéstops – real world locations where game players can collect virtual game items in the app – increased by roughly 26.5 percent. The authors learned this by comparing crash data at intersections near Pokéstops in the months before and after launch of the game.
Looking at the bigger picture
The small study focused on one county and estimated that game players caused 145 more accidents leading to 31 more injuries and two additional deaths. Expanding these findings suggests that “Pokémon Go” could be responsible for a whopping 145,000 crashes across the country and 250 deaths. And that is just in the five months following the release of the game.
Why does this matter now?
While the frenzy surrounding the “Pokémon Go” game has subsided considerably over the past year, it is only a matter of time before another game or app takes its place. Until that happens, drivers still have plenty of things to keep them focused on their phones – when they should be focused on driving.
This means that drivers, pedestrians and others on the road will continue to be distracted by their phones, despite the various efforts to curb such a dangerous behavior.
While it may not be possible to prevent every distracted driving accident from happening, victims can take action to hold negligent drivers accountable for the painful and expensive damage they cause by filing a legal claim.
Contact the lawyers of Cavanaugh & Thickens today
If you’ve been injured by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, or was otherwise negligent, be it speeding or drunk driving, call the injury lawyers of Cavanaugh & Thickens today at 803-888-2200 or contact us online.