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A New Danger On the Roads: Pokémon GO

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A New Danger On the Roads: Pokémon GO

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, Carolina Law Group, Greenville, SC

Mitchell K. Byrd, Jr. | Attorney

If you haven’t played Pokémon GO, the newest game craze popping up on mobile phones all over the country, then maybe you’ve seen other people playing it. Their heads are buried in their phones and they aren’t paying attention to what’s around them – they’re hooked.

That’s great for the makers of Pokémon, but it’s not so great for public safety. Reports are already showing up in the news about people getting into accidents because of the game. One New York man crashed his car into a tree while playing the game at the wheel, and in Pennsylvania, a teen was hit by a car crossing a busy street while playing. These are just two examples of Pokémon-related accidents.

I discussed this recent phenomenon with Jack and Megan on Your Carolina.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself From Pokémon GO?

If you’re playing Pokémon GO…

It goes without saying that you should never play the game while driving (or text, for that matter). You put yourself and others at risk when you do.

If you’re walking and playing the game, stay aware of your surroundings. If a car hits you while crossing the street because you were distracted, it could be argued that the accident was your fault, and the driver of the car may be able to sue you for injuries or damage to the car.

If someone else is playing Pokémon GO…

Make sure you have adequate auto insurance. Check your policy and make sure you have underinsured motorists insurance (UIM). If, say, you’re struck by a driver playing Pokémon GO and that driver doesn’t have adequate insurance to cover the resulting damages, the UIM on your policy will make up the difference. Unlike uninsured motorist coverage (to protect against people with no insurance at all), underinsured motorist insurance is not required by the State of South Carolina.

Finally, stay vigilant. Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, be aware of others who don’t seem to be paying attention.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney at the Carolina Law Group

The Carolina Law Group has four offices across South Carolina for your convenience: Greenville* (call 864.312.4444), West Greenville (864.312.4444), Greer* (call 864.757.5555), and Spartanburg* (864.757.5555). Call to schedule your consultation with a local attorney today.

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Greer, SC 29650

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Spartanburg, SC 29303

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Mitchell Byrd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in 2000. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004, where he served on the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal. He was also an active member of the University of South Carolina Moot Court Bar. Since being sworn into the South Carolina Bar in 2004, Mr. Byrd has focused on litigation, within the criminal justice system as an economics crime prosecutor for the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and also within the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system.

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