Women have a higher risk of car crash injuries compared to men, according to research studies conducted in recent years, including one from the IIHS. While both men and women are equally likely to be involved in car crashes in Connecticut, the nature and extent of injuries sustained by women tend to be more severe.
Women are generally smaller and lighter than men, which means that they have less mass and momentum to absorb the impact of a collision. This makes them more vulnerable to injury, particularly to the head, neck and chest areas.
Closer proximity to steering wheel
Female drivers tend to sit closer to the steering wheel than men due to their shorter stature, which puts them at greater risk of injury from airbags and seat belts. While these features are designed to protect passengers in the event of a crash, they can also cause serious injuries if not properly adjusted to the driver’s stature.
Women may also be more likely to suffer from pre-existing medical conditions that could exacerbate injuries they sustain in a car crash. For example, osteoporosis, which is more common in women, can increase the risk of fractures and other injuries.
Weaker neck muscles
Moreover, research studies have also shown that women may be more likely to suffer from whiplash injuries in motor vehicle accidents. This is because women tend to have weaker neck muscles than men, which makes them more susceptible to the sudden jerking motion that can cause whiplash.
One way to reduce the injury risk is to ensure that cars are designed and tested with women in mind, taking into account the differences in size and anatomy between men and women. Another way to reduce the risk is to educate women about the importance of proper seat belt and airbag use, as well as the dangers of sitting too close to the steering wheel.
Staying safe behind the wheel
Women have a higher risk of car crash injuries compared to men, but this does not mean that women are worse drivers or more likely to cause accidents. Rather, it is a reflection of the differences in size, anatomy and other factors that make women more vulnerable to injury in collisions. By taking steps to address these factors, government authorities and vehicle manufacturers can reduce the risk of injuries to accident victims.