Veterans Found to React Differently to Driving After Military Service
Recent studies of the frequency of car crashes among veterans have shown that those who served in the military are often more likely to be involved in traffic incidents. Figures from the USAA insurance company, a major provider of specialty insurance programs for soldiers and their families, have revealed that soldiers were 13% more likely to be at fault in a car crash after serving overseas than they were pre-deployment.
There are several reasons for this increase in crash liability that could be suggested by the study. One conclusion is that soldiers become accustomed to driving military vehicles in high-stress combat situations without roads as boundaries. Other issues found among veteran drivers included many psychological effects such as reaction to certain noises they relate to ambush situations experienced during deployment.
The USAA insurance company is seeking to use the results of their study in campaigns to raise awareness of the common challenges many of their veteran policyholders are facing. One of the main concerns is that those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more sensitive to driving events that could trigger panic attacks or other mental impairments while on the road.
If you or a loved one suffers from any abnormal mental behaviors after serving in the military, it’s suggested that you undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if you have a service-connected disabling condition. Veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD or other mental conditions may be eligible to collect veterans’ disability benefits and seek treatment to help keep them safe on the road.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.