Game Apps Cause Surge in Distracted Driving AccidentsDecember 25, 2017
The constant connection to technology drivers have today can be extremely helpful, but also extremely distracting. Researchers from Purdue University found that the popular game app, Pokemon GO, has caused a dangerous surge in distracted driving accidents, including two fatalities.
Until 2011, car accidents were on the decline. However, that trend is reversing, possibly due to the numerous ways technology can now distract drivers.
Researchers from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management looked at Pokemon GO to see if there was a higher accident rate at the game’s PokeStop locations. PokeStops are real-world locations that players can visit to collect Pokemon.
For the study, accident data was collecgted from Tippecanoe County, Indiana and found that there was a significant increase in car accidents near PokeStops in 2016. This also caused an increase in the costs associated with property damage, personal injuries, and fatalities.
After analyzing the accident data, researchers estimated that the Pokemon GO app was responsible for a 47 percent increase in county-wide car accidents. This adds up to nearly one million dollars in claims for bodily injuries and loss of lifetime income. The researchers also suggested that the Pokemon GO app played a role in two traffic fatalities.
Researchers used the study results to estimate the impact that Pokemon GO could have on car accidents across the country. They found that the game could cause an increase of 145,632 crashes, resulting in 29,370 additional injuries and 256 fatalities nationwide. The additional vehicle damage and medical costs associated with the crashes could cost between $2 billion and $7.3 billion over 148 days.
Distracted driving continues to be a major problem in this country, and one that is not easily solved. While the developer of Pokemon GO has taken steps to prevent players from using the game while driving, smartphones will still be used by drivers. Research suggests that attempts to enact bans on smartphones are largely ineffective.
For years, the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) has been investigating ways to prevent distracted driving but it has not come up with an effective solution, especially because smartphones are often used for navigation purposes.
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