Pokémon Go has been all the rage in recent months, with around 21 million daily active users in the United States alone. But, while Pokémon Go has proven to be fun for players of all ages, there are some serious legal issues surrounding the game's usage. Below, the attorneys of The Walker Firm, a Warner Robins, GA, law office, share three things to know about Pokémon Go and the law.
Attorneys Share What To Know About Pokémon Go & The Law
1. You May Be Trespassing
Pokémon Go is a mobile game that allows players to "catch" virtual beings called Pokémon. In order to make these catches, users have to first find the Pokémon — and they can literally be hidden anywhere. As a result, countless players have unknowingly trespassed onto private property. Players, be warned: if an unsympathetic property owner happens to catch you, you could face criminal law charges and a slew of legal issues.
2. Personal Injuries Can Happen In A Split-Second
There have been reports of people wandering into traffic while their eyes are glued to their Pokémon Go app. It only takes a fraction of a second for an accident or injury to happen, and your entire life could be changed in the amount of time it takes to snap your fingers. This is also sticky legal territory: personal injuries, accidents, even wrongful death.
3. Businesses Have Increased Premises Liability
Any public business has a responsibility to provide a safe and serviceable environment to those who patronize their establishment. Some businesses have been hiding Pokémon in their stores in an attempt to draw in more crowds. This also increases a business' premises liability; if, for example, an overcrowded shop causes a customer to lose their footing, a slip-and-fall personal injury case could be launched.
If you've been involved in a legal issue surrounding Pokémon Go, contact The Walker Firm. You can also reach their attorneys by phone at (478) 923-4152, or through their Facebook or Google+ pages. It's important to remember that Pokémon Go, while undoubtedly entertaining, is no reason to sacrifice your health, your freedom, or your life.