By: Allan M. Siegel
Pedestrian deaths from motor vehicle collisions spiked in 2015, rising
ten percent from the previous year. After years of falling pedestrian
death rates, the increase was surprising and invites an explanation. One
common theory is that pedestrians today are too focused on their smart
phones, rather than traffic signals and approaching automobiles. Anyone
who walks or drives through the city can see this – people crossing
the street with their eyes glued to their phones.
Unfortunately, this is a trend that is likely to continue with the creation
of new mobile-based apps, like Pokemon Go. In this game, based on the
popular Pokemon series, a person uses his or her cellular phone to "see"
fictional creatures moving across the real world. The player can only
"see" these creatures by keeping all focus on the phone screen
– which, of course, means that the player won't be fully aware
of their surroundings. Pokemon Go is proving to be incredibly popular
– but, we fear, will only encourage people to cross the street while
If you have been involved in a pedestrian-automobile collision –
whether or not caused by Pokemon Go – you should contact the personal
injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for
a free consultation.