• Mar 25, 2006
In one of the more… odd… reports Autoblog has come across, Dr. Justin S. Cummins and his team have discovered that white drivers and their passengers have a 50 percent greater risk in vehicle collision fatalities and severe injuries compared to non-white drivers and passengers. The statistical oddity came up during a study on seat belt and airbag safety.
"The study wasn't designed to answer the question," said Dr. Cummins, an orthopedic surgeon at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S. "It is only speculative to try to come up with an answer, but it could be a difference in driving patterns."

Analysts speculate reasons range from driving habits to road use to a simple statistical fluke.

More details can be found at the link.

[Source: Forbes.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Im not racist but i for one think this study is absoustely ridiclious. As #7 says, More White People have cars than latino/as, black ppl or etc. Mexicans/Black people can NOT drive from my expericence. Also consider there is more white people than black but.. the illegal mexicans are about to overcome the white people in the US. MExicans illegal or legal make up 1/3 of our popuation in the U.S. I read somewhere. where i live mexicans are considered trash & are here just for work purposes & same for black people but i live in a pretty fancy place but yea... I think White people drive better & probably get in more wrecks bc they can afford to buy new cars if needed
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...white drivers and their passengers have a 50 percent greater risk in vehicle collision fatalities...."
      Gee, after you're dead, how much more risk is there?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! Ignorance really runs wild among people who have not received a proper education (Im refering to those that stereotype latinos, mexicans and other minority groups as here just for work and not being able to afford a good car and being bad drivers). I am a 19 yeard old mexican who is currently in a private university in washington state and just to make all of you stereotype believing making people somewhat angry, I drive a 2006 Mercedes Benz SLK as my daily driver to and from school, cause I am too good to live on campus. As you can see not all mexicans are poor or drive crappy cars like some have stated. All you need to do is have an open mind because being a sterotyping a-hole will not get you anywhere. Oh yeah we have white peoples kids cutting and triming our lawns.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "9. I've gotta go with DWO - Driving while Oriental. nybody whose driven in the Bay Area would have to agree with that one. I'd follow Asians with redneck women in SUVs with too much money and a cellphone.

      I don't think Latinos where I live are any worse than any other group - they just pack more people into their car and almost never carry insurance."

      In my experience, Asian male drivers that don't street race are the best, followed by senior citizens with the physical ability to drive. The worst drivers are Mexicans followed by whites, Asian women, and senior citizens w/o the physical ability to drive.

      Illegal Meixcans usually don't have insurance or even license to drive. They drive crappy cars, so they dont care if they hit you. White drivers tend to drive more aggressively. For example, no turn signal or even mirror check when changing lane, speeding everywhere (in the parking lot particularly), and ignore bad weather. Asian women usually don't have a sense of speed...they either go too fast or too slow w/o realizing the difference.

      Yep, if you think what I said was racist, you're probably right. It's the USA, everyone's racist to some degree.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Lady Aaron, why let a silly study like this bring the inner racist out in you...LOL more importanly I don't believe that you read somewhere the following: " where i live mexicans are considered trash & are here just for work purposes & same for black people " That's your belief and you know and you should just be honest about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, yeah. More white people have cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve, I don't think a trauma center wouldn't submit a report of an accident and the ethnicity of the patients based on citizenship. Sorry for your injuries, but don't let your experience become a slippery slope argument for justifying institutional racism. Ahem, I mean selective immigration controls.

      son of a legal immigrant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a 21-year-old hispanic/white female whos been caught speeding twice and only issued one ticket. I also work in an emergency room where every other car accident victim was either black or hispanic. I've seen a few white folks in there, but most of those people were either drunk or doing something they shouldnt of been doing. I think this study just shows how ignorant people can be. If this study said that hispanics/blacks/oriental drivers were bad, how quickly would everyone that posted defend that race and how many would quickly put them down? It seems to me that most have decided to put down the other race (i.e blacks, hispanics, orientals) and defend the white people in this study. Kinda like "I'm not the bad driver! He is! *points to other race*"

      Btw, I've been in two accidents. Both times it was white people driving.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This stupid topic has nothing to due with anything but stupidity. People should get a life. Why does everything have to have a label on it? How does skin color equate to driving skills?
      Equally intelligent and equally stupid!
      Skin of all color applies to that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this is probably more a socio-geographic thing. I'm assuming a greater proportion of whites live in the suburbs and rural areas where speed limits are higher. Higher speeds means increased risk for severe injuries.

      or even that maybe per capita, more whites own vehicles versus non whites. not sure how that would translate into more severe accidents except for the 'driving habits' reason
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone is a little racist. Its just a few that acually admit it. So after saying that. I am white and when I was younger I got into 3 acidents. 8 speeding tickets. And 2 of the wrecks I totaled the car. So I can agree with the study from my perspective. But I have not even been puled over in 10 years now. Because I am older and drive better. I personally think it is acually because of alot of the things people have said here are true. Like I don't think other races drive as crazy because the fact that they are worried that they will be treated differently by the cops. I always have had a feeling that I might be let go. I acually have goten out of 5 tickets for who knows what reason. But I am quite positive that any other race has had a similar experiance. I personally if I was black or mexican or asian, or anything other than white would definatly not want to be pulled over.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh wow. Aaron, that was a pretty racist statement. you might want to check that.
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