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Fort Hood Soldiers at Increased Risk of Motorcycle Wrecks, Study Says

By King Law Firm on January 22, 2013

Veterans of military service in Afghanistan and Iraq have been found to be at an increased risk of having motorcycle accidents. Ten Fort Hood soldiers and civilians died in motorcycle accidents between January 1 and September 30, 2012, while more than 40 died in motorcycle crashes over the five-year period leading up to September 30.

As reported by Statesman.com, California psychologist Eric Kuhn, who works for the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in California, believes motorcycles provide veterans with a familiar rush of adrenaline that they experienced in the combat zone. He also believes they have a post-combat feeling of being invincible. They may think that they have just returned from Afghanistan where they could have easily been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) or a bullet from the enemy, so how could riding a motorcycle at 100 mph on a curvy road be dangerous?

A study was done in 2010. From a sampling of 180,000 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, 36 percent admitted to dangerous driving behaviors that had been noticed by friends or loved ones. Most of those participating in the study had been home for three years or more.

Another study completed at the Walter Reed Army Institute, the University of Texas Medical Branch, in 2008 found that combat experiences like killing someone during war led to a willingness to participate in dangerous, risky behaviors such as fast driving and seeking out adrenaline producing activities once they came home. Veterans were 148 percent more likely to die in motorcycle accidents.

Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King and the legal team at The King Law Firm, P.C. want returning servicemen and women to understand why they behave the way they do and to be able to control their risky behaviors. They have helped victims of motorcycle accidents for the past two decades recover compensation they deserve when someone else is to blame for their injuries. If a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation.

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