After lying dormant for nearly twenty years, Pokémon are back, and they’re everywhere. With the recent release of Pokémon GO for Android and iPhone, people of all ages have started searching for these video game characters all around them using the app’s augmented reality interface. By going to certain locations marked on their maps and tracking down nearby Pokémon, people are able to locate, capture and train these digital monsters no matter where they go. But like any new technology, Pokémon GO and its augmented reality have introduced a new list of dangers and problems for both the players and the people around it, especially when it comes to driving.
The goal of Pokémon has always been to “catch ‘em all,” and in Pokémon GO players are required to actually move from physical location to physical location in the real world in order to find and capture all 151 Pokémon. By tracking players with GPS and marking where they are on an in game map, the game leads players to various areas where Pokémon may be, allowing them to stock up on needed items at designated locations called Pokéstops, and battle other players at areas that have become Pokémon Gyms. While the game was designed to have players walk around while collecting Pokémon, many players have found it easier to drive from location to location while they search for various characters, leading to a surge in a new form of distracted driving.
With incidents of accidents due to people playing the mobile game while driving cropping up all over the world, it’s important to remember that distracted driving leads to a crash risk 23 times greater than driving without distractions and is the leading killer of teenage drivers in America. Just like texting and driving, playing the app can take your eyes off the road for an excess of 5 seconds at a time, which at 55 miles per hour can allow a car to travel the length of a football field. While many drivers give the game to a passenger to play while in the car, the speed requirements in the game can make even this dangerous, as spawning Pokémon and Pokéstops often require the player to stop or slow down to obtain them before they get out of range.
Distracted driving is no joke, and just like texting, playing Pokémon GO or any other app should wait until after you’re out of the car. While catching all 151 Pokémon may be an admirable goal, the safety of yourself and other drivers should always come first. If you’re looking to be the very best, like no one ever was, be respectful of your fellow Pokémon trainers by keeping your eyes on the road.
The recent Takata airbag failure has just added to the growing number of recalls on consumer vehicles. Most people don’t think to check their airbags until it’s too late. Here is a list of the vehicles recalled and here’s how you can check to see if your vehicle is at risk. This link will provide which cars and models are being recalled. You will also read the steps needed to take if your car is on that list.
- Be proactive and informative
- If your car is on the list, call the dealership to see what your next step is and when your vehicle can be repaired.
- Minimize your risk of incident
- You may want to reduce your driving, carpooling, utilizing public transportation or renting a car.
- Remain patient
- There are a lot of cars and models that are on the list. Your airbag may not be able to be replaced right away.
Safety is always the number one priority especially with driving. Unfortunately defectives happen with vehicles. So making sure your car is ready for the road or any accident is essential. Thankfully there a number of sources to keep you updated on what to look for and who to reach if or when something happens.
Distracted driving is not a new topic for this blog by any means. However, “New Virginia Tech research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that when drivers engaged in distracting activities — including crying, reaching for objects and interacting with others in the car — they more than doubled their risk of crashing.” (Huffington Post)
The three year study lead to some sobering results, including a new list of what qualifies as distracted and could impact driving.
- Reading or writing
- Reaching for an object other than a phone
- Using a touchscreen on a GPS or other vehicle technology
- Driving while angry, sad, crying or highly emotional
- Interacting with an adult or teen passenger
The biggest take away from this study is this: distracted driving, of any kind, leads to a huge increase in injury and fatality.
Read the full article at Huffington Post
Just as was predicted in Back to the Future, Hoverboards are the toy of the future. While the popular new toy doesn’t actually hover, these self balancing scooters have been causing headlines all the same. Various reports claiming the products have been bursting into flames have shown up in news cycles again and again, and already many lawsuits have been filed against many of the different manufacturers. When dealing with new products and new problems, it’s important to know when to seek help and when not to, and the brother’s in law are here to help.
Personal injury cases stem from injury that was caused as the result of neglect from another party. In the case of Hoverboards, a personal injury case requires that a defect within the device was responsible for the injury. This could be anything from the device bursting into flames because of cheap parts or faulty construction, to faulty construction leading the device to throw the rider from it. When issues like these occur, it is much easier to set up a personal injury case and attempt to press charges, even though a win is not guaranteed. Personal injury cases cannot be made from injury resulting from improper use of a device or injury sustained from falling off of a properly constructed device. Like many other riding toys, hoverboards come with the inherent risk of injury from falling off or user mistakes while riding them, and should always be used with proper protective gear and caution. Any injury you can prevent is an injury that need not happen.
If you’re looking to join the Hoverboard crowd, please exercise caution when using the device, but know that there is a team that is ready to take your side if your product fails. Personal injury isn’t fun and games, and there’s one team that’s always ready to settle the score.
The automobiles built in today’s society are the safest in history, upgraded yearly with technological advances. However, there are some that are better quality than others. When purchasing a vehicle, keep in mind that in the incident of an accident, the size and weight contribute greatly to the outcome. Larger vehicles tend to protect the occupants better than a small one.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – IIHS 2015 Top Safety Picks (by category)
Large Family Cars
- Chevrolet Spark
- Honda Fit
- Lexus CT 200h
- Mazda 3
- Subaru Impreza
- Subaru XV Crosstrek
- Toyota Prius
- Honda CR-V
- Mazda CX-5
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Subaru Forester
- Mazda 6
- Subaru Legacy
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota Prius v
Midsize Luxury Cars
- Acura TLX
- Audi A3
- BMW 2 Series
- Infiniti Q50
- Volvo S60
- Volvo V60
Midsize Luxury SUVs
- Acura MDX
- Lexus NX
- Mercedes M class
- Volvo XC60
Large Luxury Cars
- Hyundai Genesi
- Infiniti Q70
- Lexus RC
- Mercedes E class
- Volvo S80
If your car is not a 2015, click here to see what the IIHS safety rating is.
Search for recalls on your car frequently.
If you find a safety problem with your car, file a complaint immediately.