Two North Carolina soldiers have died in motorcycle crashes in as many weeks, highlighting a need for better education and safety for military personnel returning from duty who choose to ride motorcycles.

The first fatal motorcycle accident took place last weekend, when 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Edwin Ramos lost control of his bike on an I-40 exit ramp and struck a guard rail. The second fatal motorbike accident took place when 30-year-old 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper was riding his bike in Vass in Moore County. Staff Sgt. Antonio Almendarez. Both soldiers had served multiple tours in the Middle East and were stationed at Fort Bragg.

According to numbers released by the Army, over 100 soldiers were killed in motorcycle accidents last year and almost 500 suffered serious injuries. While servicemen are required to take motorcycle safety courses, the military is now looking at what else they can do to prevent these common accidents.
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