If you or a loved one recently returned from military service, be aware that you are at a higher risk of being involved in a serious Washington car accident.

Washington Car Accident Prevention for Recent & Returning Veterans

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This week, we discussed a new study which found that recent veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have a 13-percent higher risk of being at fault for a serious car accident than other drivers – and that there may be several reasons for this fact.

How can veterans and their loved ones in Washington State help prevent these tragic traffic accidents from occurring after our brave men and women return from overseas?

  • Make sure you are getting the medical support you need. A number of service men and women returning from combat situations say that their driving is affected by physical and mental conditions which they developed while serving our country. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and traumatic brain injuries can all affect a soldier’s return to civilian life – and that includes their behavior on the road. 
  • Understand that you no longer have to drive aggressively. Many returning veterans are under 22 years old – and many developed their driving skills while in the service and overseas, where driving conditions are starkly different. Driving strategies that save lives in Iraq and Afghanistan – such as quickly swerving to avoid debris or speeding – can be dangers on America’s roads. 
  • Be cautious for six months after returning. The study found that the higher risk of car accidents dropped for veterans who had been home for more than six months. Perhaps the best advice we can give to returning veterans is to be especially cautious and aware during those first six months. Avoid dangerous or congested areas, don’t drive more than you must, and be aware of how you are driving.

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