A Sergeant assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, died in a PMV-2 mishap 24 June 2022 in Elma, Washington, at 0932 local. The Soldier was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound when they lost control and struck the guardrail on the right shoulder. They were ejected into the roadway and struck by a pick-up truck. It is unknown if the Soldier was wearing personal protective equipment. It was reported that the Soldier did not complete the Basic RiderCourse (BRC I). This mishap is still under investigation by the Washington State Patrol (WSP).
Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 25 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap is the 22nd PMV-2 fatality of FY22.Tips for motorcyclists:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
Use turn signals for every turn or lane change and combine with hand signals.
Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility.
Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers.
Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic.
Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles.
Ride sober. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time.
Take a rider training course. Find information at https://safet.army.mil/OFF-DUTY/PMV-2-motorcycles/TrainingTo date, in FY22, the Army has experienced 21 fatalities and:
48% occur over the weekend
100% involved a male soldier
95% were over age 24
60% involved an E-5 or above