Pokemon Go’s Stamp in Future History
The summer of 2016 will go on in history books as the summer of Pokemon Go. When a Japanese franchise made history after launching Pokemon Go and became the most downloaded mobile gaming app in modern history! The craze peaked at an estimated 40 million daily active users, according to News Able. However, as the saying goes, “stars that shine twice as bright live half as long”, and it seems that the Pokemon Go craze is starting to look more like a fade than a stable stay.
In late August, New Able reported that Pokemon Go has lost 15 million users and is no longer on the top 10 free apps downloads. Reason why nobody is downloading the app is because of the popular accidents being reported. Also, anyone who wants the app has it already and the recent end of summer vacation could be the defining add on for the gradual decline in popularity.
Nevertheless, in our countries around the world, Pokemon Go is still a growing phenomenon. Japan is one of them and reports of serious injuries and fatal accidents associated with the mobile app are still making headline news.
Fatal Pokemon Go Accident in Japan
CNBC reported a story on August 28th of a second fatal car accident in Japan that was blamed on Pokemon Go. The first fatal car accident was reported less than a week before when a man in a van struck two pedestrians in Tokushima and killed a 72-year old woman. Police said that the driver had been playing the game while driving at the time of the accident.
The second fatal car accident happened in Aichi, and took the life of a young Vietnamese woman in her 20s. She was hit by the distracted driver while riding her bicycle and died two weeks later in the hospital. The driver admitted that he was not looking at the road because he was trying to charge his phone which was nearly dead due to playing Pokemon Go.
Since the release of the gaming app on July 22nd, Japan has reported 79 Pokemon Go related bike and car accidents. Too many for a time frame of less than two months.
Pokemon Go Accident Insurance
According to Fortune.com, Pokemon Go has its own accident insurance policy in Russia. The largest bank and life insurance company in Moscow, SberBank, began offering Pokemon Go-related accident coverage. They would offer the coverage to players who visited the PokeStops that were located near bank branches across the city.
Bank officials felt that they needed to do something about the Pokemon Go related accidents that were creating headlines globally. In an interview with Maxim Chernin, head of IC Sberbank Life Insurance, he stated that the policy would be free to players.
Pokemon Go Creates Distracted Drivers
Here in the United States, one of the most infamous Pokemon Go accidents happened in Baltimore. USA Today covered the story of a driver who was so distracted by the game that he crashed into a parked police car in front of a group of police officers with body cameras.
Nobody was seriously injured, but the driver summed up the experience with one statement, “That’s what I get for playing this dumb— game.”
The decrease in Pokemon Go players may turn out to be a good thing. Distracted drivers already account for 421,000 injuries per year and 330,000 traffic accidents caused by texting while driving. That means that over 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted by their smart phone! We suggest you stay safe by being extra cautious while gaming!
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