Why are women more often killed while driving? …

According to this American study, women are about 30% more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than men.

“While men are involved in more accidents than women, in each accident women are between 20 and 28% more likely to be killed, and up to 73% more often seriously injured.” This is the point raised by a study by the IIHS, an American organization dedicated to improving road safety. Why then this difference?

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Looking at US accident figures between 1998 and 2015, the IIHS found that in head-on crashes, women were three times more likely than men to sustain injuries such as a fracture or concussion, and twice as likely to be more seriously injured. To try to see more clearly, the researchers then decided to isolate different factors, to compare only the accidents whose circumstances were very similar: “cardboard” involving the same number of vehicles, and especially the same type of vehicles. taking into account the weight and size of the cars involved.

In these cases, the differences between men and women were then reduced considerably. The IIHS therefore concludes that the higher risks for women are not related to physiological factors, of an alleged physical fragility. The institute then proposes two hypotheses to explain the differences in risks.

Lighter cars for women

First, women drive smaller and lighter vehicles more often, in the United States at least, than men. When a woman has a road accident in the United States, she is 70% of the time in a car, not an SUV or pickup, compared to 60% for men. When a man is involved in a road accident, he drives a pickup 20% of the time, compared to less than 5% for women. And even when both sexes drive a vehicle of the same category, it is often lighter and smaller for women. In short, women are less protected by their cars than men.

Finally, the IIHS found that in an accident, men are more often the driver who collides with another car, while women are more often struck. However, safety systems (airbags, deformable structures, etc.) generally work better for the car that hits another.

In short, the sometimes drastic differences in the consequences of accidents between men and women are due to different behavior, whether when choosing a car or when driving, and not linked to physiological differences between the sexes.

Source : IIHS

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