Everyone has heard of the popular Pokémon Go craze that is sweeping the nation. Unfortunately, the game has been causing people to take risks and has even been blamed for some serious accidents. The game is played through a smartphone and requires users to follow and catch various game characters. The game is causing people to become distracted and some have been hurt or even killed because of it. Some of these injuries have been reported right here in the San Diego area.

Two Men Fell From Cliff
Two men reportedly fell from a cliff in Encinitas, CA while playing Pokémon Go. The men stated that they had been playing the game when they accidentally fell down the side of the cliff. One man fell about 50 feet while the other fell 80 to 90 feet. Both had to be extricated by the rescue team and were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Vehicle Accidents
Many vehicle accidents, including some with serious injuries, have been reported due to inattention while playing Pokémon Go. A rear-end accident can easily occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for just a few seconds. Some accidents have been reported when the driver exited the vehicle to continue playing the game. Pedestrians who are not paying attention have walked into fountains, bumped into walls, and have stepped out in front of oncoming vehicles all while trying to capture a rare Pokémon.

What to Do After an Accident
If you were involved in an accident, it is important to follow a few basic steps. Call the police to make a report of the crash. Seek medical attention for anyone who is hurt. Until paramedics arrive, try to keep the injured person comfortable but do not move him or her. You will also need to gather information from anyone involved in the accident as well as any bystanders. Take pictures of the scene if it is safe to do so. Retain all documentation from medical treatment or medications provided due to the accident.

Discuss the Accident with a Personal Injury Attorney
The fault of the accident lies with the responsible party. If distraction caused the accident, the person is likely liable for any damages and injuries that occurred as a result. Insurance companies often try to settle these types of claims quickly, but doing that could end up costing you plenty. Instead, speak with an attorney before you talk to the insurance company. Your attorney will review your case and assist you with filing a case, if that is necessary. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, and future medical bills. If the accident caused a permanent disability, the costs could be quite high.

If you were the victim of an injury due to distraction, contact the skilled legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea today to discuss your options.


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