Pokémon GO was released on July 6 2016 here in the United States and it has quickly risen to being the most popular gaming app in the country. Recode recently estimated that there are as many as 9.5 million active users playing the game each day.
What a lot of players, property owners, tenants, business owners, and drivers of vehicles rarely consider, however, is Pokémon GO-associated premises liability.
Is It Worth the Risk?
The game involves using the camera and GPS system on a players’ smartphone in order to track and capture Pokémon. By walking around and exploring different areas, players can “catch” these virtual Pokémon, earn “candy”, and eventually evolve these Pokémon into stronger creatures.
The problem is that players can become so engrossed in the game that they forget to pay attention to their surroundings. Two men from Encinitas, for example, fell 50 to 90 feet off of a cliff while playing Pokémon GO in July. But many others have entered or trespassed on property and have become injured. This puts players as well as the property owners at risk.
What Can I Do as a Property Owner?
As a property owner, you have the right to ask Pokémon GO players to leave your property. You may also choose to put up signage advising players that your property is private and that they are not allowed to trespass.
Never assume that someone trespassing on your property is simply enjoying a game of Pokémon GO. You may, in fact, be a victim of criminal activity, such as a burglary. If the individuals do not leave it is always best to call the police.
Can I Still Be Held Liable?
If someone is injured on your property, even if they were not invited onto the premises, you can still be found partially or fully liable if the property has unsafe or hazardous conditions. This applies to both homes and businesses.
Why Choose Redkey Gordon to Represent You
Redkey Gordon Law Corp. has represented many premises liability claimants and settled cases over the past 15 years. Our firm understands how complex the laws regarding premises liability are, and our premises liability attorneys have the experience and the knowledge necessary to ensure that injured parties receive the maximum recovery possible.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, we welcome you to call us today at (209) 267-1685.