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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Study Suggests Women May Be More Likely to Die in a Car Crash

April 04, 2022

GEORGIA - According to an accident online news report published on, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study discovered that men are more likely to be in more fatal accidents, but women are 20-28% more likely to die in severe motor vehicle accidents.  

The study also found that women are 37-73% more likely to be severely injured in car accidents.  

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's study, women are more likely to sustain severe automobile accident injuries than men.  This is because of the types of motor vehicles that women drive and the circumstances of their crashes.  Jessica Jermakian, Vice President of Vehicle Research for the IIHS, states that women choose to drive lighter, smaller motor vehicles, and those are the types of vehicles that offer less protection.  

The report states that about 32,000 people were tragically killed in auto accidents in the United States from January to September 2021.  This is an increase of approximately 12% compared to the same time in 2020.  The data has been provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The news report states that Georgia sees the same rise in fatal traffic accidents.  The State of Georgia reported 1,330 fatalities, which is a 12.2% increase in 2021.

Traffic accident fatalities had been falling for 30 years until the sharp rise in 2020.  This trend was continuing in 2021.  Law enforcement and safety advocates report that speeding is one of the major causes of fatal accidents.  NHTSA also blames reckless driving, speeding, and not using seatbelts as the common causes of fatal traffic accidents.

The IIHS survey also discovered that men and women are at a similar risk of head and torso injuries.  However, women are at a 70% increased risk of serious lower-body injuries.

Jermakian states that drivers should invest in crash avoidance technologies, avoid purchasing smaller, lighter motor vehicles, and slow down.  

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