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Returning military men and women face extra challenge

Residents of Wisconsin may be interested to learn that although much is now known about some of the issues military service men and women face upon their return stateside, which includes unemployment and post-traumatic stress disorder, recent research has revealed another serious challenge. More and more are dying behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle in the months following their return to the United States.

Soldiers returning from the military theater have a 75 percent higher chance of being involved in a fatal auto accident than civilians. Professionals cite several explanations for this, all combat-related. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been trained to drive aggressively in order to survive. Dodging around slow cars that are potential traps for military vehicles and driving without seatbelts, which may hinder escape from a vehicle hit are aspects of this training by military ordinance .

There are numerous theories of recovery for people injured in vehicle accidents. If an at-fault driver was negligent or reckless, injured passengers may be entitled to recovery. The driver and passengers of a vehicle that is struck by a reckless or negligent driver may be entitled to recovery as well. Family members of those who die during such incidents may also be entitled to compensation.

This recovery may include damages for resulting pain and suffering. If someone in Wisconsin suffers permanent injury or requires future surgeries, damages for those may also be pursued. Medical expenses and lost wages may also be recovered by parties injured in automobile accidents. Speaking with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with handling accident claims may provide injured parties with valuable information to determine how to go forward.

Source: Washington Post, "Motor vehicle crashes: A little-known risk to returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan", David Brown, May 03, 2013

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