Traffic Accidents with Soldiers


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There is certainly a sense of pride among the residents of Austin. It’s a wonderful city in which to live, work and do business. Austin has a population well over 700,000 making it the 16th largest city in the entire United States. It’s also considered one of the safest big cities in the U.S. with a murder rate of only 19 in a recent year compared to a similar sized city on the west coast that had a shocking murder rate of 125 citizens over the same time period.

 

However, Austin does have some unique if not disturbing statistics that bear further study. One of these is an ongoing and heartbreaking number of deaths of Fort Hood soldiers in traffic related accidents. This includes the death of ten active duty soldiers and veterans returning from active service who were killed on local roadways as a result of car or motorcycle accidents. Some psychologists attribute it to a sense of recklessness on the roads that may be the result of a ‘false feeling in invincibility’ – having returned from seeing front-line action without being harmed.

 

In response, officials at Fort Hood are developing a comprehensive response to this problem by requiring such things as returning soldiers to participate in reintegration classes, motorcycle safety training and other programs (now under development).

 

Everyone that gets behind the wheel of the car remember to give men in uniform – a brake.

 

Greg Baumgartner is an Austin personal injury attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with an accident attorney in Austin call the Baumgartner firm.

 

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