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When virtual fun equates to real-time danger on the roads

Even if you are not of the younger generation who is immersed in the supposed fun of Pokemon Go, you have more than likely heard of the phenomenon. Players of the digital game scramble from place to place, as sources say, trying to "catch 'em all." 

In some people's supposedly innocent efforts to catch the different Pokemon characters on their phones, innocent, unsuspecting people are put in danger on the roads. Why? Distracted driving.

As if the now common acts of talking, texting, emailing and taking selfies with their phones weren't dangerous enough to motorists, now playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel reportedly is a real threat on Texas roads and throughout the country.

ABC News outlines a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about Pokemon Go players' game habits involving driving. Playing and driving may become a new hot topic under the larger concern of distracted driving.

Researchers found that playing and driving is an actual traffic safety threat. Drivers are searching for Pokemon behind the wheel and even make it known through their use of social media. Even though the game doesn't allow players to catch Pokemon while driving at certain speeds, focusing on the game while behind the wheel (trying to get to a Pokemon's location) still presents the situation of distracted driving. 

The researchers responsible for the distracted driving study suggest that there is probably more Pokemon Go distraction than the study found. Distractions behind the wheel lead to too many accidents and even traffic deaths every year. More than 3,000 people died in distracted driving accidents in 2014 alone. 

If you believe you are the victim of someone who was too distracted to be driving, hold them accountable for their recklessness. Let an experienced car accident lawyer support you in your fight to demand justice and a higher level of safety on Texas roads.

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