Pokemon GO Players Could Have Caused $7.3 Billion in Damages

The New York Post reports, “Reckless Pokemon GO players may have racked up as much as $7.3 billion nationwide in costs related to car crashes, injuries and deaths in 2016, according to researchers.” Some of the game’s participants caused damages by running pedestrians over or from being struck while attempting to capture Pokemon. The New York Post states, “There were in total 37,461 motor vehicle deaths in the US in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” which is “a 5-percent increase over the 35,485 deaths in 2015.”

Gizmodo  reports, “According statistics from the National Highway Traffic Society Administration (NHTSA), American traffic fatalities numbered 42,130 in 1988, and fell to 29,867 by 2011.” The NHTSA noticed an increase of traffic fatalities in 2014 by 7.2 percent. The increase created a call to action for research on the increase’s cause. Gizmodo states that “The increase has continued, and in 2016, the number of fatalities hit 37,461.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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