While some parts of the U.S. have impressive public transportation systems, cars dominate many other areas. Consequently, it makes sense that motor vehicle accidents continue to kill and injure an alarming number of Americans every single year. This is true despite significant advancements in vehicle safety in recent decades.
Regardless of gender, any serious motor vehicle accident is capable of causing catastrophic injuries to drivers and passengers. Still, when it comes to car crashes, women are at greater risk than men.
More men die in car accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more American men die in motor vehicle accidents each year than women. There is a simple explanation for this fact, however. Specifically, men tend to spend substantially more time on the road than their female counterparts. Men also are generally riskier drivers, often exceeding speed limits and failing to wear seat belts.
Women are more vulnerable
When researchers account for the discrepancy in driving time, women seem to be more vulnerable during car accidents. Indeed, as the IIHS notes, women are more likely than men to die or sustain serious injuries. This may be due to physical differences that make men generally stronger than women.
Age is an equalizer
While women might be at greater risk during car accidents, age is an equalizer. That is, regardless of gender, older individuals have roughly the same chance of dying or suffering a serious injury in car accidents.
Ultimately, any man or woman who sustains a life-changing injury in a motor vehicle accident may have grounds to pursue financial compensation for his or her damages.