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1 Yes, you think it will only happen to the other guy. Last summer, that’s what all of these people thought, too.

2  Final night of leave, visiting parents.  Went for motorcycle ride a couple hours after midnight.  Road was unlit, may have been damp from earlier rain.  Approached a blind curve.

3  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that he didn’t own the motorcycle.  The last straw: He was going 80 miles per hour into the curve.

4 Crashed into parked car. Fatal trauma to head in spite of helmet.

5  Went clubbing with two friends at  Left bar at  Started 70-mile drive back home at  Sailor was front passenger.

6  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that the driver briefly fell asleep twice and woke up.  The last straw: Driver fell asleep a third time, didn’t wake up.

7 Car crashed into a tree. Passenger seat torn from vehicle. Fatal injuries in spite of seatbelt.

8  Riding personal watercraft as passenger.  Solo rider behind them.  Spray from the lead PWC got in eyes of trail rider.

9  What risk factors do you see?  The last straw: The guy in front stopped while trail rider was temporarily blinded by spray.

10 Trail rider slammed into lead watercraft. Fatal injuries to passenger.

11  “Following too close” isn’t just something for people on the road.  Victim reportedly had 5 years of experience with personal watercraft.  Does it matter how much experience you have when your life is in the hands of the guy behind you?

12  Riding with two other motorcyclists at  Location: Highway with traffic.  Had bought motorcycle 5 months earlier.  Had taken sportbike rider course 3 months earlier.

13  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that his motorcycle license had been revoked.  The last straw: He was going between 70 and 90 in a 55 mph zone.

14 Crashed into the back of a car, triggered a two-car wreck. Fatal injuries to rider.

15  Riding on an urban interstate at  Reported to have been drinking earlier during the day.  Had taken basic rider course 4 weeks prior.  Was wearing correct PPE.

16  What risk factors do you see?  The last straw: He was going 100 in a 65 mph zone.

17 Slammed into the back of a large SUV. Fatal injuries.

18  Riding bike for some PT before work.  On a large, high- speed road on base.  Listening to MP3 player.

19  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that he needed to make a U-turn, and that his MP3 player was at full volume.  Add the fact that it was one minute before sunrise.  The last straw: He pulled in front of an oncoming truck. Driver didn’t see him.

20 Fatal injuries to bike rider.

21  Rider was wearing a helmet, but it couldn’t protect him from the impact.  His bike and apparel weren’t reflective enough, but this mishap wasn’t the fault of an inattentive driver—it was distraction.  The Navy and Marine Corps specifically prohibit PT anywhere near a road while listening to ear buds or headphones. This mishap shows why.

22  On roof checking for storm damage.  Noticed broken limbs on roof and a wasp nest.  Got a long, extendable pruning saw.  Curved shape of saw blade kept him from reaching wasp nest.

23  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that he decided to hold the saw blade and hit the nest with the handle.  Add the fact that some wasps flew toward him to investigate, and he was afraid of them.  The last straw: He dropped the saw and wasn’t wearing gloves.

24 Chopped off part of his finger.

25  With friends in backyard.  Had a pistol.  Distracted by conversation while trying to clear weapon.  Saw a magazine on the ground.

26  What risk factors do you see?  Add the fact that he assumed the magazine on the ground was from his pistol.  Add the fact that he didn’t make sure his pistol was unloaded.  The last straw: He pulled the trigger to “dry fire.”

27 Shot self in hand.

28  Three Marines and a civilian swimming at a beach.  Winds 15, gusting to 20.  3-5-foot waves.  Limited visibility.

29  What risk factors do you see?  They headed in, but one Marine was already in distress (foaming at mouth, eyes rolled back, unresponsive).  Large wave swept all of them under.  The last straw: They lost his body in the surf.

30 Drowned. Body recovered from water by emergency responders 50 minutes later.


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