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Who is Responsible for Campus Injuries?

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Published in Personal Injury on July 26, 2021.

Injuries can disrupt a college student’s life, and it is important to determine who might be liable for their injuries. Speak with a Macon campus accident lawyer who can evaluate what happened and handle your claim.

Young adults are excited to get into college and start their lives away from their parents’ homes. However, as with any new environment, there are new risks of injuries, and some college students have their fun derailed by a serious accident and injuries. The following are only some examples of campus accidents and who might be liable. If you want to discuss a specific case, contact Macon campus accident lawyers directly. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Even smaller college campuses have cars driving around, and large universities have cars, trucks, buses, and many other vehicles on campus at any given point. Like anywhere else, there is the potential for another driver to hit a student’s car and cause them injuries. The negligent driver (and possibly their employer) could be liable for causing the accident on campus

Pedestrian and Bike Accidents

Many students do not have cars on campus, so they choose to walk or ride a bike to get around. With motor vehicles also in the vicinity, drivers might hit pedestrians, or someone might crash on a bike and suffer injuries. If a driver hit you, they might be responsible for your losses. If you were in a bike accident, it might be the driver’s fault, or it could be due to dangerous bike lanes or paths, a defective bicycle, or other reasons.

Sports Injuries

College and sports go hand-in-hand, and injuries are always a risk for athletes. Some injuries, such as sprains or strains, cannot be avoided and simply happen with no one at fault. However, not every sports injury is a true accident. Some happen due to: 

  • Improper coaching
  • Overheating when athletes are required to practice in summer heat
  • Allowing play that violates safety rules
  • Providing inadequate safety equipment
  • Having unsafe facilities
  • Not properly providing medical care and pulling a player after a blow to the head or another injury

If injuries happen for the above reasons, the school or other private parties involved can be liable. 

Sexual Assault

Statistics show that 13 percent of all students experience sexual assault during their time in higher education, and for undergraduate students, the numbers rise to 26.4 percent of women and 6.8 percent of men. Some sexual assaults might happen through no fault of the college, but some instances happen due to inadequate security measures. 

If a college does not have the appropriate security for dorms, parking lots, and other buildings, students can suffer serious and lasting physical and mental injuries. These can include sexually-transmitted diseases, traumatic wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unwanted pregnancy, and more. Colleges should be held accountable if their negligence helped allow a sexual assault to occur. 

Seek Help From Our Macon Campus Accident Lawyers

If you want to know your rights after you or your child suffered injuries at a college or university, look no further than the Macon campus accident attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law. We handle tough injury cases with dedication and our clients’ best interests in mind, so call (478) 746-1468 or contact us online today

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