A college graduate and a truck driver died after the student crossed the median on Interstate 40 and caused a fatal wrong-way accident. According to a police report, the 21-year-old drove his SUV the wrong way across the highway median near an exit and caused the head-on collision with a semi-truck carrying corrosive chemicals. The semi-truck became engulfed in flames and neither driver survived the crash.
While police are still investigating the cause of the accident, it is still uncertain as to whether the college student was playing a video game on his phone while driving.
Distracted Driving Has Fatal Consequences
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight people die and 1,161 are injured each day due to distracted driving. Now that games like Pokémon Go (an augmented reality mobile game) are available on any mobile device, drivers are tempted with even more dangerous distractions.
There is speculation that playing cell phone games while driving is even more dangerous than texting or being on social media while driving, as games require constant feedback from players (or in this case, drivers). This means drivers are looking at their phones for longer time periods and paying less attention to the road.
These types of apps should have better disclaimers programmed to warn people not to play while driving. Additionally, more games should be made with speed detection. This way, if drivers are playing while driving above a certain speed limit, the game will disable itself.
While the Tennessee Highway Safety Office did issue a warning to Pokémon Go players about the dangers of distracted driving, police should continue to spread awareness and increase enforcement on the roads. Texting while driving is bad enough, but now we need to worry about video games while driving.
The Law Offices of Stanley A. Davis is a personal injury law firm that helps victims injured in distracted driving accidents recover damages that may cover lost wages, medical expenses and emotional trauma.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25