Pokemon Go craze causing driver crashes

Pokemon Go craze causing driver crashes

pokemon-go-in carPlaying Pokemon Go is reportedly causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour, including dangerous driving leading to car crashes, while opening up financial ramifications in car insurance.

The augmented-reality app Pokémon Go, which has recently taken the world by storm, is causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour – like dangerous driving.

According to an ABC report, a west Brisbane panel beater Darren Holmes has received his first, and most probably not his last, Pokémon Go-related car repair after a female driver in Toowoomba crashed her car while using the app. The incident took place barely a week after the game’s Australian launch.

“There were cars pulled over everywhere obviously chasing Pokémon,” Holmes told ABC. “It’s only minor so it’s not a major accident but it’s still enough that it needs to be an insurance claim.”

“I think we will see some more over the coming weeks I’m sure. Whether they actually admit to what they were doing is another matter,” Holmes says

The Australian car incident follows a single-car collision in Auburn, New York, where the 28-year-old male driver admitted to playing Pokémon Go when he crashed his car into a tree.

Authorities have issued warnings to users against the dangers of playing Pokémon Go while operating a vehicle.

Drivers should also consider the financial consequences of a Pokémon Go-related car incident, like losing their no-claim bonus, and paying more in car insurance premiums.

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