In recent years, there has been a significant increase in car accidents involving military veterans in California and throughout the country. A 2006 study found that returning troops were 75 percent more likely than civilians to be killed in auto accidents. Further, the study found that military veterans were 148 percent more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than civilians.
Last fall, we wrote a blog post about a government study on brain injuries in military veterans. Essentially, that study was inconclusive: researchers recognized that many veterans who suffer head traumas later experience negative consequences, but they ultimately determined that more research was needed to understand the true effect of brain injuries during military service. You can read more about that study in our earlier personal injury blog post.
For members of the armed services, facing down dangerous situations is a normal part of their everyday job. In the field, service members may be exposed to any number of threats, many of which could have fatal consequences. However, statistics from San Diego road traffic officers have revealed that the dangers facing service members do not disappear once they return home but merely change gears.