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A new school year has begun for students attending the numerous universities in and around the San Francisco area. Many of these students will be spending their free time on the weekends at parties and bars.

Although it is possible to participate in these types of social activities responsibly, unfortunately, college students are often harmed in avoidable accidents and other such circumstances when partying.

This doesn’t need to happen. If you’re currently attending school in the San Francisco area, or your child is, be sure to consider these essential college party safety tips:

Always Make Sure You Have a Ride Home

All college students likely know that driving back to their apartments or dorms after a night spent partying or bar-hopping is very dangerous. A student who drives while intoxicated doesn’t merely risk their own life — they also risk the lives of other motorists and pedestrians.

However, students who understand this may think they are smart by choosing to walk home instead of driving. Although walking home from a party or bar may not endanger the lives of others, it is not necessarily safe.

Some research actually indicates a person who walks home drunk is more likely to sustain major injuries or be killed in an accident than someone who drives home drunk. When a person is intoxicated, they may be more likely to get hurt as a result of:

  • Stumbling off the sidewalk and into the path of oncoming traffic
  • Misjudging the speed and distance of approaching vehicles
  • Forgetting to check both ways before crossing a street

Those are just a few examples. Because intoxicated pedestrian is not protected via seatbelts, airbags, and other such safety features, if they are struck by a vehicle, their chances of being severely injured are high.

This is not meant to suggest that driving home drunk after a night of partying is wiser than traveling on foot. It’s meant to emphasize the importance of always making sure you have a sober ride home when you’re out having fun on a weekend in college.

Invest in a Quality Breathalyzer

Although consumer breathalyzer devices may not be as state-of-the-art as models used by law enforcement, there are many on the market that delivers fairly accurate results. Some are the size of a keychain.

Buy one and bring it with you whenever you go out partying or bar-hopping in college. You may be a responsible person who has already decided you won’t walk or drive home if you drink. However, you could also prevent your friends from causing accidents by insisting that they test out your new pocket breathalyzer first if they insist on driving home when you know they shouldn’t. If you can prove to them that they are intoxicated, they might be less inclined to get behind the wheel.

Travel in Groups

Whenever possible, stay with a few friends when heading back to campus after partying. If you’re with friends, you can all play a role in keeping each other safe and making sure no one drunkenly endangers themselves.

All that said, it’s possible to be injured on or near a college campus in a car accident, pedestrian accident, or another such incident because another party was negligent. This may occur even if you take steps to avoid harm.

If it does, you deserve to recover compensation for your medical bills and other such losses. Our team of San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Allegiance Law can help you pursue what you may be owed. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 415-404-6395.

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