Woman playing Pokémon Go! drives car into ditch

A Coventry woman drove her car into a ditch while playing augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go! last month.

The woman confessed that she was speeding at the time of the accident, which occurred because she was hunting fictional monsters on her phone instead of paying attention to her surroundings. Luckily, no one was hurt.

In Pokémon Go!, players are encouraged to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to catch monsters called Pokémon. The game uses your smartphone’s GPS to display monster locations and superimposes them onto real-world images using the phone’s camera. Players capture the monsters to build their collections and increase their in-game strength.

Despite the positive goal of getting people out and about, the game has led to numerous accidents, as people generally continue to ignore warnings to not use their phones while driving. The game even has a built in feature that detects when a person may be driving and blocks access, but it can easily be dismissed by tapping a button that says “I am a passenger.”

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents that killed more than 3,000 people in 2014. If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, you should not have to pay for the associated recovery costs. Contact the Rhode Island car accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., at (401) 751-8855 to learn more about holding distracted drivers accountable.