Since the release of Pokemon Go by Niantic Labs, its effect on the world has been completely unprecedented. From the so-called “lure parties” and gym battles to the late night Pokemon hunts and pub crawls; the popular smart-phone app has captured the attention of the entire planet. Early reports even have it overtaking some of the strongest performing apps such as Twitter and Facebook.
Unfortunately, not all of the game’s users have had a wholly positive experience with Pokemon Go. Many stories of Pokemon Go accidents have come in, ranging from traffic Pokemon Go accidents caused by distracted drivers to users suffering steep falls. Pokemon Go even has a preemptive warning to users to be aware of their surroundings at all times, but this hasn’t stopped the countless reports of Pokemon Go accidents from pouring in.
One Reddit user by the name of Amalthea- posted the following:
“Pokemon Go put me in the ER last night. Not even 30 minutes after the release last night, I slipped and fell down a ditch. Fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in my foot, 6-8 weeks for recovery.”
19 year old Shayla Wiggins, another Pokemon Go player, stumbled upon a less than welcome discovery. Last Friday morning, while out playing the popular game at Big Wind River (WY), Wiggins came across a dead body by the Hwy 789 bridge. Wiggins disclosed that – at the time – she was searching for a water-type Pokemon and would otherwise never have ventured into the area.
Though finding a dead body wasn’t half as bad as what happened to a Missouri-based Pokemon Go user. The O’Fallon Police department received a 911 call around 2am on July 10th from local Circle K convenience store. The unnamed individual who placed the call alerted the authorities to an armed robbery that took place by Feise Road. “Using the geo-location feature of the ‘Pokemon Go’ app, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims”, according to Sgt. Bill Stringer.
While these Pokemon Go accidents continue to surface, it hasn’t stopped the more than 20+ million daily users of Pokemon Go from trying to “Catch Them All”.