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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Car Accident Gender Disparity

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, women are more likely than men to be seriously injured in car accidents. Researchers involved in the study say this is because safety features aren't made for women's bodies.

However, the research shows that this is most likely in vehicles made before 1998. Researchers looked at data from 1998 to 2008. According to a spokesman from the Center for Auto Safety, because the average life of a car is 12 years, the study would have had more value had it been limited to 2000 and later, which would show that all vehicles are now equipped with female friendly airbags.

While women may contend with most likely getting injured, men are more likely to be killed in auto accidents. According to a 2007 Carnegie Mellon University study, men are 77 percent more likely to die in an accident than are women. This factored in the number of miles driven.

In yet another study that looked at which sex was the safer driver, there was some debate. One group showed women were more likely to be involved in an auto accident at a T junction, slip road, and crossroad than men are. However, Carnegie Mellon's 2007 study showed that elderly women are safer drivers than teen boys. Go figure.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

posted by Neil at 2:36 PM

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