Soon after the release of Pokemon Go, the franchise returned into the spotlight and received the highest amount of attention since its 1990 release. However, not all of this attention was positive. A new report discovered how the game was directly or indirectly responsible with causing a series of traffic accidents.
Accidents related to Pokemon Go led to huge costs
A team of researchers from Purdue University looked at the reports on the traffic situation in Indiana 148 days after the release of the Pokemon Go. This is how they discovered that the number of accidents increased, and quite a big number were related to the game. During this period of time, two people lost their lives, and many others suffered injuries.
They also assessed the costs of these accidents, and found they valued between $5.2 million and $25.5 million. This data was related only to Indiana, so the total costs for the entire territory of the US must have reached over $7 billion.
Niantic tried to stop these accidents, but they keep happening
However, researchers felt the need to clarify something. Some might think the number of accidents because people played Pokemon Go while driving. However, it turns out the traffic increased in the areas with plenty of Gyms and Pokestops. If some of these areas are not so accessible, players were more likely to drive there.
Also, they tended to pay less attention to the traffic which surrounded them, so they often moved without looking around. As a result, the creators of the game, Niantic, decided to find a way to prevent such events from happening.
Reckless driving because of Pokemon Go can no longer occur now, since playing has been disabled if the smartphone is moving at a high speed. Even so, in certain areas, accidents kept happening, meaning they had a different cause. Researchers developed a study based on these reports, which is titled Death by Pokemon Go.
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