Chances are you have heard about the new app called “Pokemon Go” that has exploded onto the app scene. While many have been enjoying the highly interactive game safely, a news report that a man caused a huge car wreck by stopping on the highway to catch-em-all went viral and definitely spurred some interesting conversation in our office. Luckily this report has been found to be fabricated but the false story did highlight the real dangers that exist with playing cell phone apps while driving. It won’t be long before someone is injured by someone trying to catch Pikachu scurrying across their dash. This action is not only dangerous, but it also exposes you to civil and potentially criminal liability. If you cause physical injury to another while you were playing a cell phone game and driving, you would expose yourself to a lawsuit for not only negligent conduct, but also wanton conduct which carries the penalty of punitive damages. You may also face criminal charges for reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another. Additionally, under Alabama law, it is illegal to text while driving. At this time, it is not illegal to use a cell phone app while driving. In fact, some apps, such as a GPS app, can aid a person’s driving. However, you might not know is that all novice drivers in the state of Alabama are banned from cell phone use while driving regardless of the manner of use. A novice driver is defined as a driver who is 16 or a 17 year-old licensed within the prior 6 months. Remember to encourage your friends and family to drive safe and refrain from distracted driving. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car wreck call Hodges Trial Lawyers today!