mon has distracted drivers getting into car crashes, opening up important financial ramifications in car insurance.
The augmented-reality app Poké
mon Go, which has recently taken the world by storm, is causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour – like dangerous driving, reported Mozo.
According to an ABC
report, a west Brisbane panel beater Darren Holmes has received his first, and most probably not his last, Poké
mon Go-related car repair after a female driver in Toowoomba crashed her car while using the app. The incident took place barely a week after the game’s Australian launch.
“There were cars pulled over everywhere obviously chasing Poké
mon,” Holmes told ABC
"It's only minor so it's not a major accident but it's still enough that it needs to be an insurance claim.”
"I think we will see some more over the coming weeks I'm sure,” Holmes said.
“Whether they actually admit to what they were doing is another matter."
The Australian car incident follows a single-car collision in Auburn, New York, where the 28-year-old male driver admitted to playing Poké
mon Go when he crashed his car into a tree.
Authorities have issued warnings to users against the dangers of playing Pokémon Go while operating a vehicle.
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Drivers should also consider the financial consequences of a Pokémon Go-related car incident, like losing their claim bonus and paying more in car insurance premiums, said Mozo.