Pokémon Go is a smartphone game based on the successful Nintendo franchise Pokémon, in which users walk around the real world, catching the Pokémon that pop up randomly in real-life locations.

The game encourages users to walk around different areas to find and catch different types of Pokémon, obtain items from “Pokéstops”, as well as to walk for set distances in order to hatch Pokémon eggs.

This game invariably brings more pedestrians close to motor vehicles.

With many people, particularly young adults and children, being swept up in the Pokémon Go craze, it’s important to remember to be safety conscious whilst walking around the streets, or indeed any area which may be dangerous.

The game features a warning when booting up, advising users to “Stay alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings”. This is very good advice and all players of the game ought to follow it. The game has also been recently updated to display a warning message to players after the game has launched, stating, “Do not play Pokémon Go while driving”, “Do not enter dangerous areas while playing Pokémon Go”, and a variety of other short safety notices.

Players of Pokémon Go should also be aware of the following:

  • Remember to check both ways, and stop looking at your phone, before attempting to cross the street – the Alakazam on the other side of the road will still be there in the seconds it takes for you to give way to a vehicle and find a safe place to cross!
  • Even if you are walking in areas away from vehicles, there may be other hazards such as stairs, holes, depressions in the ground, bodies of water or other objects which could cause you serious injury. Please keep a proper lookout for your surroundings whilst you are walking around.
  • If you encounter a Pokémon and the game requires more of your attention so that you can successfully catch it, your first priority should be to move to a safe location and wait there until you’ve successfully caught it.

The solicitors at Stacks Goudkamp have acted for countless people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian vs motor vehicle accidents, or who have been injured whilst moving through a public area. These injuries are often serious and have a devastating impact upon an injured person’s life for many years into the future.

It would be a real shame to see a rise in these types of accidents involving young adults and children, who were too busy trying to “catch ‘em all” to take proper care for their safety.

If you have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, or any other accident whilst you were walking through a public area, contact Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 for obligation-free advice from one of our compensation experts about your circumstances, or make an online enquiry.

Written by Brett Watts.

Brett Watts is a Solicitor in Tom Goudkamp and Ruth Hudson’s Practice Group.  Brett represents people who have been injured in a variety of accidents including motor vehicle claims and public liability claims.