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Helping Your Child Move into Dorms Safely

If your child is headed to college this fall, they may be excited about moving into their off-campus apartment or their dorm rooms. However, moving day can be quite chaotic, especially on busy Florida campuses where many other college students are also moving in. There are extra pedestrians around, students with cars, and rental trucks all converging in what is usually a small space, increasing the odds of a serious truck or car accident.

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There are several ways that you can make moving day a little easier for your child:

1) Offer to help.

Taking two cars rather than one makes it easier for your child to take all of their belongings and clothes without overburdening their car or piling their possessions up so high in their car that they block their view of the road. Offering to help also lets you help with parking and with carrying items to and from the dorm room.

2) Pay for movers or a moving truck if your child is moving quite a few items.

If your child is moving into off-campus housing with friends, it may be best to hire a moving company or moving service. This can still be quite budget-friendly if everyone in the house contributes and shares the same moving truck. Overburdening a car and weighing it down with too many items is unsafe since it can make the car harder to control. Renting a truck can also be dangerous, especially if your child is not used to driving a larger vehicle.

3) Make sure that your child can park somewhere safely on campus during moving day.

The risks of moving day is that there will be many other college students also moving in, taking up parking spots and running around with boxes. This can easily pave the way for pedestrian accidents and traffic accidents. Make sure that your child can park somewhere nearby during their move by checking ahead of time with the college to find out what arrangements have been made for students.

4) Consider moving in early.

Getting at least some of your child’s furniture and clothes on campus or in their apartment early can help them avoid the rush. They may also get better deals on moving services if they don’t try to move on the same day as everyone else.

5) Make your move as organized as possible.

Use lists and clearly marked boxes. Rent dollies. The fewer trips you need to make and the less often you need to move the truck or car during the move, the safer you and your child will be.

If you or your child has been injured in a moving truck accident, you may be worried about the hospital bills, lost time at work, and other expenses you will need to face. Legal options may exist for you and your family. If you’d like to know more, contact Flaxman Law Group to find out whether you have a legal claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to pay us money until we get money on your behalf. To find out more, contact our law firm today.