College Safety Tips For Incoming Students

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The start of the school year for UCLA, USC, and other colleges in the Los Angeles area has prompted the personal injury lawyers at the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group to offer important safety tips to college students.

...whether you’re a freshman or a senior, far from home or just a stone’s throw away, these tips can help to protect you from some of the common dangers you might encounter.

College campuses throughout Southern California are abuzz with activity as students move in to their dorms in time for the start of the semester, but amid this activity lie dangers that students have to look out for.

For many young adults, this is a brand new environment, and a certain degree of caution is warranted. To help in this regard, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers of the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group have compiled a number of tips that will help college students acclimate to their new surroundings in the safest manner possible.

Larry Nagelberg, who has been helping California citizens cope with the fallout of personal injury accidents for more than 30 years, had this piece of advice to offer students:

“College students, freshmen especially, will have more responsibility thrust upon them by college than just about any other time in their lives,” said Mr. Nagelberg. “One of those responsibilities is taking an active interest in one’s personal safety. For anyone headed off to college, whether you’re a freshman or a senior, far from home or just a stone’s throw away, these tips can help to protect you from some of the common dangers you might encounter.”

Please consider the following tips from the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group:

1. Get Used To Local Traffic Patterns - For many students traveling from out of state, there’s a bit of a culture shock once Los Angeles traffic patterns are witnessed firsthand. Use caution when initially taking to the roads in and around campus, always following applicable traffic laws and not being aggressive at the wheel. Visit the website of the California Department of Motor Vehicles to figure out what local statutes need to be adhered to.

2. Game Day Food Safety - Tailgating during college football game day is a fun tradition, but persons engaging in such an activity should take pains to keep cold food cold with an ample amount of ice, keep hot food hot with a grill or hot plate, and prevent cross contamination by keeping raw foods a sufficient distance away from ready-to-eat items.

3. Distracted Walking - Seeing a bunch of college students with their eyes pointed down at their phones is a common occurrence on the modern college campus. Unfortunately, this trend has contributed to a disturbing increase in distracted walking injuries. Text or walk, but don’t do both at the same time.

4. Traffic Woes - College campuses are usually buzzing with all sorts of traffic: bikes, pedestrians, and vehicles all tossed together into the same small environment. Students must learn to share the road with one another. Drivers should decrease their speed when cyclists and pedestrians are nearby and never crowd a person on foot or on a bike. For their part, cyclists should follow the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle, and pedestrians should always wait to enter traffic until they reach an appropriate crosswalk and the coast is clear.

5. Personal Safety - There may come a time when it becomes necessary to traverse campus at night. Stick to heavily trafficked areas and always enlist a friend or a group of friends to travel with you. Some campuses even offer open lines to the college police department that allow you to acquire a police escort back to the dormitory.

6. Dorm Room Safety - In the early weeks, there’s a lot going on in and around the dorms, and this makes it incredibly easy for thieves to sneak into a building. Always lock the door to living spaces, and never let anyone into the building itself if they don’t have a key, no matter how friendly they seem.

7. Drinking Safety - Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, but there will no doubt be temptations. No matter your age, never let somebody pour your drink and never leave a drink unattended. Never drive drunk, and never consumer so much alcohol that it becomes impossible to keep control of your faculties.

The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group represents the victims of numerous types of personal injury situations, including automobile accidents, dog bites, slip and fall incidents, defective products, and wrongful death in any of the above. They have guided injured persons through the legal process for more than 30 years and their efforts have helped secure more than $400 million in compensation for clients. Interested persons can click here to visit the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group’s Los Angeles personal injury website and receive a free consultation.

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