New Study Reveals Heightened Risk for Female Drivers in Car Accidents
Posted On April 1, 2013
Author: Gordon McKernan
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, women are at a greater risk for injury when involved in car crashes. Although many auto accident authorities see safety improvements in newer vehicles, the report evidences the special need to focus on auto safety devices designed for women. Women Nearly 50 Percent More Likely To Be Injured The authors of the study examined crash data between 1998 and 2008. Cars used in the study were an average of six years old. Over the time period examined, the odds of a woman suffering an injury while wearing a seatbelt were 47 percent higher compared to male drivers who were belted in. The most notable reason for this discrepancy is that vehicle safety restraint devices are not designed for women’s bodies, particularly in older model cars. Female drivers’ comparatively short stature and their preferred seating posture yield lower safety protection from standard restraint devices, according to researchers. The female crash victims studied were not only more likely to be injured, those injuries were often of a more serious nature compared to those suffered by male drivers. Belted female crash victims were more likely to sustain chest and spine injuries than male drivers in comparable accidents. These are the types of injuries that often require expansive medical treatment and result in long-term disability – leaving many women accident victims to turn to a Lafayette car crash attorney in order to collect compensation to see them through recovery. Some Auto Experts Say Safety Improving Despite the disparity between auto safety equipment effectiveness for men and women, men are three times more likely to be involved in a crash that leads to serious or fatal injuries. Men tend to spend more time driving than women, and in certain age groups exhibit more high risk driving behavior. But, in recent years, there has been an uptick in the percentage of women in serious crashes, and many automakers are paying attention. Female friendly airbags, better seatbelts and other engineering improvements are being added to newer automobiles to make them more safety-friendly to female drivers. Victims Can Get Help From a Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorney The study from the American Journal of Public Health shows that carmakers need to pay special attention to the safety needs of women. If a manufacturer comes up short, women injured in accidents may have a claim against them for compensation. If you have been hurt in a car accident, call a personal injury attorney today. Your attorney can help you collect monetary damages from at-fault motorists, automakers or anyone else responsible for your injuries.
Gordon McKernan graduated with his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he joined McKernan Law Firm and has been practicing law ever since. He is the owner of the firm, and his primary area of practice is representing ‘ordinary people’ who have been injured because of another’s disregard.