Beware of Back-to-School Dangers on Our California College CampusesAugust 19, 2022
At Nunes Law, our Fresno personal injury lawyers know that heading back to school is an exciting time for college students throughout California. Here, with nearly 25,000 students attending Fresno State, the uptick in pedestrian, bicycle, scooter, and vehicle traffic is palpable with each new semester.
Unfortunately, more traffic, walkers, joggers, and people in general on our roadways, streets, and sidewalks often leads to more accidents, injuries, and tragic fatalities when negligence is a factor.
When collisions, slip and fall incidents, or intentional harm befalls college students, it can impact their futures and overall success. They may be forced to withdraw from classes, forego their extracurricular activities, or miss the college experience altogether.
Here are just some of the common and preventable accidents that occur on our California campuses.
Increased Car and Pedestrian Accidents
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, on average last year, a traffic crash with injury or death was reported every three minutes throughout the state.
When school is back in session, the risk of an accident increases with the additional traffic, but other factors also play a role.
New students or family members who are escorting them to school may not be familiar with the area, leading to a reliance on GPS or other distractions that can cause accidents without notice.
More pedestrians and bicyclists can add to the dangerous conditions as they cross streets and crowd common areas on and around campus.
No matter how you are getting around Fresno, or another California college town, it is important to give your full attention to your surroundings to help mitigate the risks associated with heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
However, our Fresno personal injury attorneys understand that it is impossible to control the actions of negligent drivers or property owners. If you have been injured because of another party’s negligence, we want to help you tell your story. Contact us today to learn more.
Premises Liability Claims, including Slips, Trips, and Fall Injuries
College campuses require a lot of upkeep to ensure the premises are safe for students, faculty, staff, and other third parties who visit or use the facilities throughout the school year.
When spilled drinks or food, broken stairs or elevators, or poorly lit areas lead to slips, trips, and falls, the property owner — whether it is the university, a restaurant, bar, or another facility — must be held liable for our client’s damages.
If you have been injured by an impaired or otherwise negligent driver, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Fresno at Nunes Law today by calling 559-436-0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options to hold the liable party accountable for your complete financial recovery.