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New Data Suggest That Women Have a More Significant Injury Risk in Car Accidents

January 12, 2023

According to a new study reported by Consumer Reports, women are more likely than men to be seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study states that men typically choose to drive heavier motor vehicles than women, thus causing less trauma. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's study suggests that men and women will greatly benefit from buying a vehicle that performs well in crash tests. Moreover, purchasing a motor vehicle that has automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology can help drivers avoid front-to-rear accidents. Front-to-rear accidents cause the most injuries to women than other types of accidents. 

A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study showed that a front passenger or female driver who is wearing their seat belt has a 17% greater chance of being killed in a severe accident than men. A University of Virginia study proved that female passengers had a 73% greater chance of dying in a front collision than male occupants.

Companies like Consumer Reports and traffic safety advocates have drawn attention to this difference, and federal lawmakers have asked the NHTSA to address the problem. Automakers are being urged to design motor vehicles that are more crashworthy than the current standard. Safety standards are tested using crash test dummies that weigh 171 pounds.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed crash data and discovered that the types of motor vehicles purchased by women could heighten their risk of serious injury during a crash. IIHS' vice president of vehicle research, Jessica Jermakian, reported that women typically buy smaller, lighter cars that offer less protection during side-impact and front-into-rear accidents. According to IIHS research, the driver who hits another has a lower risk of injury than the motorist of the struck vehicle.

A different study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI)—discovered that motor vehicles that have been equipped with a lane-departure warning (LDW), AEB, and forward collision warning (FCW), reduce injury insurance claims by 16%.

It is recommended that the NHTSA update its obsolete new car assessment program (NCAP). Emily Thomas, Ph.D., a Consumer Reports automotive safety engineer, states that consumer information programs like IIHS's crash tests and the NHTSA's NCAP have helped us create the safety benefits we are witnessing right now."

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Category: Personal Injury

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