The American Journal of Public Health has published a new study on the role of gender in auto accidents. The results indicate that women are more likely to be injured than men when involved in comparable crashes. Researchers say that when wearing seat belts, female drivers have a higher risk of chest and spinal injuries.

A combination of relatively smaller stature and differences in preferred seating positions make women more vulnerable, according to the study. Their chances of being injured while wearing a seatbelt are 47 percent higher than men.

But not everyone is buying the research. Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety told ABC News that the researchers used out-of-date data. The study looked at crash statistics going back as far as 1998. Many cars on the road then would be almost 20 years old by now, meaning they would not incorporate the most modern crash protection technology.

"The study would have a lot more value if it were limited to 2000 and later model year vehicles to make sure all vehicles had female friendly airbags," Ditlow said.


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      Gina
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are bad drivers in every sex and race on the planet! I've seen jack ass men and women drivers as well as young kids and the elderly.. So it's not a certain group of people... there seems to be idiot drivers in ALL walks of life! I do have to say when I see a stupid driver pull a bone head move, 9 times out of 10 it's a dumb woman on a cell phone! I had one woman slam on her breaks UNDER a light to let her kids off at the high school which caused me to slam on MY breaks! I stopped just in time as to not hit this idiot driver but the kid behind me slammed into my car which threw my car into the back end of the idiot woman who caused the whole accident in the first place. So now my car had both front and back end damage and she drove away before the cops got there and didn't even get a ticket! The cop really couldn't have cared less either! My insurance paid to fix my car but it's this type of moronic drivers that give other women drivers a bad name.
      jnsburke7
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think that it's just woman who have accidents. I think it's those who Text of talk on their phones while driving. Some people just can't Roller Skate and chew gum at the same time.
      susanshomessell
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was stopped at a red light waiting to turn and hit by an 80 an year old man who decided it was time to hit the accelerator. Do tell me how was that a females fault? Add to that I was two months pregnant and only 5'2'. My back and neck are totally messed up not to mention the impact shifted my brain downwards in addition to the concussion I received. Since I was pregnant no CT's or MRI's till months after the baby was born. My Mercedes air bags did not deploy because he hit at an angle instead of straight on. That was 6 years ago and my life has totally changed for the worse because of this one accidents physical damage to me. So guys, get off the women stereotype not all of us our bad drivers, not all guys are good drivers. The point is that most likely there is validity in this study that women are impacted more severely due to size and being short when in car crashes with seat belts being worn.
      msspamrefuge
      • 3 Years Ago
      The study certainly could benefit from more recent crash data, but chauvinism aside, some of the women in my family might as well be perched atop the steering wheel compared to the men. They're much shorter (5'5" and under) and have to sit closer to the wheel and the dash in order to effectively reach the controls. But i'd imagine it also significantly increases their chances of hitting or getting hit by either. And we all know what stuck bys/against can do to you in a crash. . .
      nofearbb
      • 3 Years Ago
      1998-2011 is 13 years. Someone needs to go back to grade school. Do people argue just for the sake of arguing?
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never hurts to tie down the vacuum cleaner when transporting.
      Donna
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of COURSE there is going to be someone disputing this claim....no one ever wants to admit that women's health issues are different from men. As for going back to 1998, that is actually THIRTEEN years ago...not "nearly 20" and many drivers on the road are STILL driving cars that old. It's nice that there are more safety innovations in current models but that doesn't mean that the risks don't still exist.
      dklkse1
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's what they get for leaving the safety of the kitchen.
      INFRWKSNJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car accidents are worse for women because they are lousy drivers. I see them every day, talking on the phone, texting, digging through their purse, putting on makeup, jotting notes on paper, eating donuts and drinking coffee, etc.,etc., etc.
        purplewonagain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @INFRWKSNJ
        I saw a women doing all of those things just the other day on my way to work, I was so mad that I accidently dropped my razor into my coffee and it splashed all over my Egg McMuffin and iPhone, the nerve of those women!
        George
        • 3 Years Ago
        @INFRWKSNJ
        Agreed. They're pretty but most of them don't have a brain in their head.
      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title should read "Women at greater risk to crash."
      Kevin Parker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Irony? Since women are more likely to crash? Since they're like...women? and stuff?
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      women at greater risk of injury in crashes? Yes, a lipstick container lodged up the nose during an impact can have dangerous consequences.
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