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5 Safety Tips for Walking and Playing Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is more than just a hugely popular phone app; it is a worldwide phenomenon. Stats available about the number of users are still being processed, but needless to say tens of millions have downloaded the app to their phone around the world.

Unlike many games, which are enjoyed from the comfort of the couch, Pokémon Go was designed to get users up and moving while they play. This means that at any given time millions of people are out there chasing that elusive “Pikachu” or “Snorlax”—or fighting to stay on top of the local gym. While playing Pokémon Go can be a lot of fun, get you out exploring Vancouver or even further, the game has dangers.

Any concerns that exist regarding texting while walking exist while playing Pokémon, and in fact, are amplified. Luckily, if you are careful, it is not difficult to stay safe out there while playing the game. We’ve put together a list of five safety tips for walking and playing Pokémon Go.

  1. Don’t Play in High-Traffic Areas – Trying to play in areas where there are many cars, trucks and motorcycles can be quite dangerous for you as a pedestrian. Look for locations that are friendlier for pedestrians (such as parks). You will avoid the danger of motor vehicles and not risk holding up traffic.
  2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Don’t get so focused on your game that you forget what’s happening around you. Wandering into a dangerous part of town as you chase that elusive monster is never a good thing. Take a moment now and then to stop and look around to see where you are and where you want to be.
  3. Stop Before You Throw – Throwing “Pokéballs” while you walk is not only dangerous, it makes it harder to catch that fluttering Zubat. Come to a complete stop and then toss the Pokéballs.
  4. Be Careful Around Stairs and Escalators – Steps, escalators, and other objects can come between you and that much-desired Pokémon. Slow down, relax and keep your eyes on the world around you, not the screen. Your safety is more important than the rarest Pokemon.
  5. Consider Reflective Clothing – If you plan to be out after dark (or you think there is any chance you will be out late), wear reflective clothing. A reflective outfit can make it easier for cars to see and avoid you. You may be harder to see than you think, especially wearing darker shades or in rural areas.

If you take proper precautions, Pokémon Go should be a safe game. However, pedestrian accidents can occur even if you aren’t playing anything at all. If you find yourself injured in a Pokémon Go accident, make sure that you first attend to any medical concerns, then think about reaching out to an expert to help you through this trying time. Even though Pokémon Go may be a brand new game, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer like Becker, Lavin & Wessler can help you work through your case. Call or contact us today to learn more—we are always here for you.

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