Returning soldiers are more likely to cause New York car accidents

Serving your country by going overseas and fighting is a noble thing, but there are certain risks that are associated with active duty in a war zone. A new study has shown that returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to cause a New York car accident than soldiers who are preparing to go into active duty.

It seems that soldiers' exposure to improvised explosive devices and other roadside dangers has been a huge obstacle to driving in civilian New York. The study shows that many of the soldiers have taken the driving techniques they used in war zones to stay alive and brought them back to Albany. As a result "objects in the road" have turned out to be the number one reason behind their car accidents.

Although these men and women have bravely served our country, if they cause serious accidents and injuries, they must still be held accountable for an accident victim's pain and suffering, medical bills or death. While a car accident with a veteran is an accident, it still disrupts the lives of a victim and his or her family.

The rise in accident rates for returning veterans is amazing. Members of the army saw a 23 percent increase, Marines were second highest with 12 1/2 percent, and the Navy and Air Force only saw an increase of less than 5 percent. There was also a distinct difference when the age of the veteran was included. Those soldiers under 22 were far more likely to be in an accident than those veterans over the age of 29.

Any car accident is a tragedy, both for the person who caused it and for the victim. But it ultimately comes down to who is responsible for the accident and who was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time in determining who should be held financially liable.

Source: Reuters, "Returning soldiers have more car crashes: study," Ben Berkowitz, April 24, 2012

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