Hampton, VA Auto Accident Injury Lawyer Report : Veterans Returning from the Middle East Are Involved in More Accidents
When soldiers were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan they were taught evasive driving techniques intended to avoid roadside bombs or other hazards.
These methods of driving may have served them well in the war zone. But they can prove a danger to other drivers on the roads of Virginia and other states and have resulted in more accidents caused by returning soldiers, according to studies.
And the driving techniques troops were taught are not the whole problem. Our Virginia Beach injury lawyers reported earlier this year on a study in the Midwest that highlighted increased anxiety and other problems suffered by former service personnel when they were back behind the wheel in the USA.
See this video of a Humvee being driven in Iraq.
In April 2012, the New York Times on a study released by USAA, an insurance company that takes out many studies on troops.
The data revealed the number of crashes caused by the troops who had returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, was 13 percent higher in the six months following a deployment than in the six months just before deployment.
The largest increase, 23 percent, was highlighted in Army soldiers, followed by a 12.5 percent rise in Marines.
A new report in Information Week reveals the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System is working closely with Fujitsu Laboratories of America (FLA) on research intended to bring about better treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in war veterans.
The research involves veterans driving with sensors fitted on various parts of their cars. It seeks to find our why war veterans experience a higher-than-average accident rate.
The report says VA investigators will gauge the reactions of veterans in certain situations as they drive while administering treatments that include “cognitive appraisal and breathing re-training.”
This research is highly relevant to Hampton Roads which has a large military population. The VA has a hospital in Hampton and many servicemen and women retire here.
As an experienced Hampton auto injury attorney who sees at first hand the problems caused by mistakes on our roads, I hope this research can help veterans adjust to civilian life.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Hampton, Virginia Beach or another Virginia city contact our experienced injury lawyers.
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