NC Military Service Members At Higher Risk For Motorcycle Accidents
Just this month, two service men were killed while riding motorcycles near their bases in North Carolina. In one case, 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Edwin Ramos was killed when he lost control of his bike on an I-40 exit ramp and struck a guardrail. In the other case, 30-year-old 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper Staff Sgt. Antonio Almendarez was riding his bike in Vass in Moore County when he crashed and lost his life.
Some traffic experts and military officials say that soldiers on active duty are often attracted to adrenaline, speed, and excitement, especially after returning from long stretches overseas in high stress situations. In some cases, these soldiers return to the United States and purchase motorcycles. In Fort Bragg alone, there are 4,000 registered motorcycles.
While the vast majority of riders use their bikes safely, accidents do happen – and on motorcycles, these accidents are often fatal. In 2008, the military had 474 service members involved in motorcycle accidents and 105 motorcycle deaths. While motorcycle safety courses are mandatory for servicemen who want to ride, the military is now considering other ideas to help keep the men and women who serve our country safe.