Representing Pedestrians Injured by Inattentive Drivers – Cook County Pokemon Go Pedestrian Injury Lawyers
If you spend any time walking, jogging, or running in Chicago or the surrounding areas of Cook County, you know that our roadways can be treacherous for pedestrians. Drivers who are speeding, drunk, or distracted all too often blow through red lights or stop signs at intersections. The influence and addictive nature of mobile phones have catapulted these portable electronic devices to the top of the distraction list for inattentive drivers. Although lawmakers, traffic safety advocates, and the media have devoted significant effort to curbing the practices of talking or texting while operating a motor vehicle, new forms of cell phone related distractions are emerging as app markets grow at an exponential rate. The newest mobile phone app to endanger pedestrians is the extraordinarily popular Pokemon Go game.
Our plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC have over 45 years of combined experience representing victims of distracted drivers. The commitment of our lawyers to holding inattentive drivers accountable for the injuries and fatalities they cause has contributed to our recovering more than $40 million in settlements and verdicts for personal injury and wrongful death victims. Our attorneys also recognize the legal profession is a service industry, so we are responsive to clients’ inquiries and compassionate toward their plight. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.
The Pokemon Go Phenomena Has Caused Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
The game of Pokemon Go is a fairly new type of game that combines real-world activity with virtual reality. This novel mobile phone game falls into a category referred to as “augmented reality.” The game is based on the Japanese card game involving creatures referred to as “pocket monsters.” The unique aspect of this game is that it combines a virtual reality world online and with interaction with the player’s real world environment. The game uses a mobile phone’s camera and GPS to combine the real and virtual worlds. The objective of the game is to track down the Pokemon creatures and “catch them all.”
While the Pokemon fad might be fairly new, accounts of severe injuries are already cropping up, including pedestrian accidents. For example, two young men pursuing a rare Pokemon plunged off a bluff overlooking the ocean in San Diego. NBC News reported that the two men disregarded a sign advising the players of loose footing on the bluff, as well as a fence designed to keep pedestrians away from the unsafe cliff. Although this particular fatal accident did not involve a motor vehicle, the incident demonstrates the degree to which both pedestrians and drivers might fail to notice hazards when focused on catching a Pokemon.
Filing a Lawsuit for Injuries or Fatalities Caused by Drivers Distracted by Pokemon Go
When motorists are glancing at their phone screen while attempting to capture a pocket monster, this inattention can easily result in running down pedestrians. Distracted motorists who have caused serious injury or wrongful death include a driver who backed into a police car when pursuing a Pokemon, and another driver who was so distracted he drove off the road and into a tree. If Pokemon players behind the wheel have failed to notice a police car, little imagination is needed to picture people dying in pedestrian accidents caused by Pokemon Go. If your loved one is injured or dies at the hands of a distracted driver, our experienced personal injury lawyers represent the victims of inattentive driving.
Talk to a Chicago Distracted Driving Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
The experienced Chicago distracted driving pedestrian accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC understand the potentially life-altering consequences of operating a moving vehicle while a motorist’s attention is diverted. Our law firm offers vast experience and a proven track record of obtaining large verdicts and settlements for your clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.