Study reported that military members are much more impulsive than civilians and that 78 percent of military members admit to seeking a high degree of sensation or thrills compared to 27 percent of the civilian population
New York, N.Y (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
In 2008, motorcycle accidents accounted for 38 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the military, steadily increasing from 14 percent in 2001. A report issued in November by the Armed Forces Health Center Surveillance states that to combat the steep rise in motorcycle accident deaths, the Department of Defense in 2009 began requiring military members interested in owning a motorcycle to enroll in a motorcycle safety program.
According to another study by the Rand Corporation, the main difference between the military and civilian population is the proportion of military crash fatalities on motorcycles. In the United States, motorcycle accidents account for about 15 percent of fatal traffic accidents. In all branches of the military, 35 to 40 percent of traffic accident deaths are caused by motorcycle crashes. The study reported that military members are much more impulsive than civilians and that 78 percent of military members admit to seeking a high degree of sensation or thrills compared to 27 percent of the civilian population.
Education is the key to preventing motorcycle accidents – be it among civilians or members of the armed forces, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Anyone who owns a motorcycle must undergo the necessary training. It goes hand in hand with motorcycle ownership."
Wilhelm stated that he has seen a number of motorcycle accident cases that are caused by motorists not paying attention to motorcyclists. "We in particular see a number of cases where motorcyclists are struck by vehicles at street intersections. Failure to yield the right-of-way to oncoming motorcycles is one of the main causes of catastrophic street intersection collisions."
When a motorcyclist has been injured as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, he or she has legal rights, Wilhelm said. "It is important that injured victims and their families seek the counsel and guidance they need in order to be able to make informed decisions about pursuing their legal rights."
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