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Are women more vulnerable to car crash injuries?

October 12, 2018

Car crashes can create major injury risks for vehicle occupants. But these risks may not be the same for everyone. Some groups might have especially high risks on this front.

Research suggests that women might be particularly vulnerable to crash injuries. For example, a 2011 study found that, compared to seatbelt-wearing men, seatbelt-wearing women had a 47 percent higher likelihood of suffering severe auto accident injuries.

Why might women have this higher vulnerability? It may have to do with biomechanical differences between men and women and how these differences interact with traditional auto safety design.

Historically, a lot of auto safety testing and engineering has been focused on the 50th percentile male. However, the biomechanical differences between men and women may make it so safety tactics that work well for the average man might not be as effective for women.

There have recently been efforts to have a more inclusive approach to auto safety. For example, researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics are investigating auto safety issues related to groups that appear to remain especially vulnerable to injuries, including women.

One wonders what findings research on this topic will yield, and if such findings will help spur on improvements in auto safety design that could help up protection for women.

As this discussion underscores, a person’s unique characteristics can impact things such as what risks they could face in a car accident. Another thing is it important to remember is that a person’s unique circumstances can impact what needs they have after getting injured in a crash. This includes their medical needs. It also includes their legal needs. So, getting legal guidance well-tailored to their unique situation can be critical for Texas car crash victims.

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