Researchers Say Women More Likely to Die in Car Accidents

By Peter DePaolis

Female drivers should take note of this study from the University of Virginia. The study revealed that women are 47 percent more likely to die in a car accident than men are. The reason, as reported at, is due to crash test dummies. The test dummies are similar in size to a man and not a woman. As a result, automakers manufacture safety equipment for a larger person.

According to the report, the researchers examined car accidents that occurred from 1998 to 2008. Although the results are not good for women, change is on the way, says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. There are newer regulations in place that provide automobile safety ratings for male and female drivers and passengers, according to LaHood. The newer regulations mean that older vehicles pose a greater risk of injury for women. The newer cars offer more protection for women.

Advancements in testing led to automakers reducing the force of airbag deployment in an accident. Prior to 1998, the force was so strong that it injured women and small children.

Do you pay attention to safety ratings for men and women when looking at vehicles? Reach out to our team today for more information.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.