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Traffic Crashes Number One Killer of Marines


March 25, 2020

USA- Marinecorpstimes.com writes that the number one mishap killer of marine officers is due to car and motorcycle accidents.  In a short amount of time, three officers tragically died in separate crashes. Two motorcycle accidents and one pedestrian incident left all three victims dead.*

In 2018, the Marine Corps lost more Marines in traffic crashes than any other way. In fact, a full 60 percent of all mishap deaths were caused by motorcycle and car crashes. 

According to the Marine Corp, motorcycle crashes were largely due to a lack of experience. Most of the crashes occurred when the rider had fewer than four months of experience riding a motorcycle. 

Overall, Marine Corp fatalities are down. The number of motorcycle crashes killing Marines dropped from eighteen to thirteen between 2017 and 2018. At the same time, though, the annual loss of life from car crashes increased from eleven to fifteen. 

In many of the crashes, the Marines were not wearing seatbelts. 

Car crashes are a major killer not only of Marines but of Americans in General. Many people continue to die in collisions year after year. In 2019, the number of vehicle fatalities dropped by about two percent, but well over 30,000 people still tragically died in traffic crashes. 

Additionally, pedestrian crashes continue to increase each year. In 2019, more pedestrians were killed in crashes than at any time in the last 30 years. The numbers are rising in part because of SUVs, which are more likely to kill pedestrians than are smaller cars. In fact, people struck by an SUV face about two times the risk of dying as people struck by sedans. Other factors include distractions, especially when drivers use cell phones while operating vehicles. 

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Sources:
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2018/12/06/the-no-1-killer-of-mishap-killer-of-marines-this-year-car-and-motorcycle-accidents/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2020/02/27/number-of-walkers-who-lost-lives-peaks-in-2019-highest-in-more-than-30-years/#39297a7c5514

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