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The Pokemon Go Craze

The original Pokémon craze of the 1990s has now been taken over by a bigger craze.

chicago car accident distracted drivingThanks to its more technologically advanced version, hunting for fantasy creatures has been made more real. However, this craze has created problems of its own kind. Today, it is difficult to travel anywhere without noticing people constantly staring at a cell phone screen engrossed in the pursuit. There have been many accidents associated with the game.

Who is Playing Pokémon Go?

There are close to 25 million Pokémon Go users. The game is available as a smartphone app. According to a Forbes report, more than 60 percent of Pokémon Go users are females. Players in the age group of 18-25 constitute around fifty percent of the total players. Younger players in the age group of 13-17 make up 25 percent of the demographic.

Warnings About the Dangers of Pokémon Go

A recent CNN report highlighted the dangers that Pokemon Go may pose to children. According to the report, while the game may be a good way to get kids to become active, it also increases the risk of injury. Both adults and children can become distracted while playing the game and are getting into pedestrian and bicycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. The injuries that may result include:

  • broken bones and fractures
  • muscle sprains, strains, and tears
  • severe cuts and lacerations
  • back and neck injuries
  • head injuries, including concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • spinal cord injuries

The report also highlights other dangers such as that of becoming a victim of violent crime. Parents are urged to remind their children about “stranger danger”.

Safely Playing Pokémon Go

Make Pokémon Go a shared activity with your children and ensure that your child stays safe. When you cannot be with your child, consider the following safety tips:

  • Establish boundaries: Determine specific places that your child is allowed to go hunting for the fantasy creatures.
  • Avoid biking: Never play Pokémon Go while biking or riding a skateboard.
  • Night safety: Do not let children venture out alone at night.
  • Buddy system: Encourage your child to go out in groups when playing Pokémon Go.

Chicago Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident involving a distracted Pokémon Go player, seek legal help from a Chicago car accident attorney. Call Willens Injury Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.

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