Car crashes happen every day throughout Connecticut and the rest of the country. While many of these accidents are considered fender-benders, some of them are severe. A study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that women are more likely to be injured from an automobile accident than men.
Who is involved in more accidents?
At first glance, you may attribute this fact to the idea that women are involved in more motor vehicle accidents than men. However, the IIHS has previously revealed that men are actually more likely to be involved in an accident than women. This may bring you back to the drawing board for trying to figure out why women are more likely to be injured in an auto accident than men. You may be thinking that the physical characteristics of women make them more prone to severe injury. However, you’d be wrong again.
It’s all in the vehicle
The IIHS attributes this discrepancy to one major cause: the size and type of the vehicle. The studies found that women were more likely to drive in smaller cars while men were more likely to drive in larger vehicles and pickups. The smaller size of the vehicles that most women drive puts them at a disadvantage when they’re involved in an accident with a larger vehicle or truck. Understanding this fact helps researchers understand why women end up with more severe injuries than men when traffic accidents do occur.
If you’ve recently been involved in a vehicle accident and suffered significant injuries, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer to help with your case. Your lawyer might use details from this study and other bodies of scientific research to support your injury claims and help you get compensation.