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Women Are More Likely To Be Injured In Front End Car Crashes
Automobiles built in the past decade are safer than earlier models, women are still significantly more likely to be seriously injured in car crashes than men. According to a study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The study found that women wearing seat belts are 73 percent more likely to be injured in a front-end car crash (the most common kind) than similarly belted men. Women were particularly more vulnerable to lower-body injuries involving the legs, spine and abdomen. They were twice as likely to sustain those injuries as their male counterparts. The researchers found that injuries to the hips, legs, and ankles are the most common for women in these instances.
How the Study Was Performed
Key Findings On Female Auto Injuries
- The data revealed that the overall risk of injury was lower among people in cars built during the past decade. There were 55 percent fewer injuries in the newer-model cars than in the older ones.
- The risk was particularly lower for injuries to the skull, neck and abdomen. The risk also dropped for injuries involving the lower extremities (hips, thighs, knees and ankles). The risk of injuries to the arms and hands, however, remained the same.
- Injuries to the sternum (breastbone), ribs, arms and hands were the most common injuries in both the older and newer models of cars. Older people (aged 66 and up) were particularly susceptible to injuries involving fractures of the breastbone and ribs — perhaps because their bones are more fragile, the authors of the study suggest. (Older people in the study were also more likely to have been a passenger in the car than the driver when the crash occurred.)
- Interestingly, while the rate of skull injuries was lower for the occupants of newer-model cars, the rate of brain concussions was higher. That may be because awareness of concussions — and their diagnosis — has increased in recent years, say the researchers.
Lack of Data Focusing on Women Involved In Crashes
Women Have Increased Risk of Seatbelt Injuries
Female Auto Accident Injury Attorney
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