I recently discussed a new study that found women are far less likely to cause a Florida car accident than men. However, another recent study found that in crashes of equal severity, women are much more likely than men to suffer serious injury. And, there is little a woman can do about it.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia and was published in the October 2011 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators examined National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) accident data collected over ten years. They found that women wearing seatbelts are 47 percent more likely to suffer injuries in a Florida car crash than male drivers wearing seatbelts. Women were also more likely to suffer spine and chest injuries and injuries to the lower extremities.
Researchers believe women are more vulnerable to car accident injuries because safety features are designed for men. The female drivers in the study were an average of 35 pounds lighter and five-and-a-half inches shorter than the male drivers. Women's bodies are also shaped differently. Although this seems obvious, differences in neck strength and muscle structure may also account for the difference in injury rates. The University of Virginia researchers suggested that federal regulations should focus on making vehicles safe for both men and women.
If you were injured in a West Palm Beach car crash, it is important that you discuss your wreck with a Palm Beach car accident attorney. A Florida accident lawyer can determine who is liable for your injuries. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact Palm Beach car accident attorney David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.