Why Do College Students Get Hurt?

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 19, 2017

The Most Common Injuries on College Campuses

College is a thrilling experience, but can be dangerous. Although it’s a time for young men and women to explore new intellectual terrain, discover latent passions, meet lifelong friends and experiment in a safe environment, all college students need to be aware of the injuries on college campuses that occur regularly.

Whether you’re a parent about to send your teen to school for the first time or a student who wants to understand the real risks at college (as opposed to ones that have been inflated out of proportion), read on to have more insight into the injuries on college campuses!

According to a recent study of 150 colleges and universities nationwide, here are three common reasons why students end up in the E.R.:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car crashes hurt more college-aged students (18-24) than anything else, by far, causing whiplash, concussions, broken bones, soft tissue injuries and worse. Curiously, this cohort gets into roughly the same number of car crashes that the general population does, even though students spend far less time commuting.

  1. Alcohol Poisoning

College can challenge your personal boundaries in good ways. However, there’s a dark side to leaving your comfort zone. Alcohol poisoning sends thousands of students aged 18-24 to emergency rooms each year. Too much alcohol can lead to severe dehydration, unconsciousness, and even death. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1,824 people aged 18-24 lost their lives in an alcohol related accident in 2016, and nearly 600,000 others got injured. Getting your stomach pumped is not the best way to spend your Saturday nights, so always drink legally and responsibly.

  1. Substance Abuse

You’ve probably heard the “just say no to drugs” mantra, either from your parents or from your well-meaning school system. Not every college student takes these words to heart. The University of Arizona Campus Safety report for 2016 found that drug use is increasing on campus; in fact, the amount of cocaine use jumped significantly between 2015 and 2016 alone. Drug overdose deaths are up 91% nationwide in teens aged 15 to 19 over the past decade. Drug abuse not only leads to death and injury; but it can also lead to jail time, fines and a criminal record.

The personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law are located not far from both the beautiful campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Arizona State University in Phoenix. If you got hurt at school or off site in a car crash or other scary event, our team is here for you. We can explain in clear, simple terms what you can do to regain control and collect any damages owed to you. Call us at (602) 999-9999 to set up a private consultation about your options.


Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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