Car Accidents Are More Dangerous for Female Drivers, Study Finds
Female drivers are at a greater risk for injury or death during a car accident, according to a new study by the American Journal of Public Health. This is because seat belts and other car safety devices are not designed for their bodies.
In general, women are lighter, shorter, and sit in different positions than men. All of these factors put them at a 47 percent higher risk of sustaining an injury while wearing a seat belt. Safety features are designed primarily for men because they are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident that results in serious or fatal injuries.
The Center for Auto Safety claims that the study is misleading because it focused on crashes and cars between 1998 and 2008. The organization said that it should have highlighted newer model cars because the government and auto industry have been working to improve female driver safety for the past three decades.