By accident attorney Michael P. Ehline, Esq.- In California in particular, the warm weather of summer means more motorcyclists will be on the street, and this includes U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps. military personnel. The fact that more bikes will be on the road, means there is a higher risk of accidents and fatalities, involving motorcycles. According to recent data, this is also the case for motorcycle accidents that involve military service members.
Army Data Shows 14% Increase In Fatalities
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center, data that has been provided has shown a 14 percent increase of motorcycle accident fatalities of service members when riding off duty, since 2011. According to the U.S. Army these numbers have risen every year over the past three years, and especially between the months of April and September. Historically summer months are the highest risk for soldiers riding motorcycles off duty. The reasoning experts say, is that military personnel are excited about taking advantage of the nice weather to ride their motorcycles during downtime.
Direct Correlation Between Experience and Riding Gear and Injuries
Accidents whether involving military personnel or civilians have similar factors, such as lack of experience, speeding, and protective gear. As a tactic to help raise awareness during this time of year, the U.S. Army holds their annual Army Safe Spring/ Summer Campaign, as a reminder to military personnel about motorcycle safety. Between the months of April and September, the Army helps to educate people about hazards associated with motorcycle riding season, by providing informative articles, videos, posters and tips.
It is hoped with assistance from the Army and other nationwide initiatives, there will be a decrease of motorcycle accidents and fatalities of civilian and military personnel in the future.
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