24 Apr '12, 4am

Report: Car accidents more common after deployments - Stars and Stripes: Report: Car accidents more common after...

WASHINGTON — Just a few weeks after his 2005 deployment to the Middle East ended, Chief Petty Officer Ron Verdoza smashed his SUV into a neighbor’s car. Three years later, after returning from Afghanistan, he backed his Mustang into the wall of his garage. “Both times, I just wasn’t focused on driving like I needed to be,” he said. Advertisement A new study released by USAA this week echoes that sentiment. USAA, which provides auto insurance to the military community, found a 13 percent jump in at-fault accidents for troops in the first six months after returning from deployment, compared with the six months before they deployed. Drivers with three or more overseas tours saw a 36 percent increase in accidents. The three-year study is being shared with military officials and traffic safety experts in an effort to find ways to help returning troops stay safe while driving. R...

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