It is argument men and women have been having for decades. While men have joked that women are the worst drivers, women have a claim the exact opposite. To settle the debate once and for all, at least until new stats come out, here are some car accident statistics by gender, and they are pretty interesting.
Below, we highlight some interesting trends seen over the years. These include:
- Every year, more men die in traffic accidents than women.
- Men are more likely to drive greater distances than women and are more likely to engage in dangerous behavior while behind the wheel, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, and failing to use seat belts.
- Traffic accidents involving men are usually more severe than those that involve women.
- Men generally drive faster.
- In traffic accidents of equal severity, women are more likely to be killed than men.
While there are more female drivers than males, it is men that generally get into more accidents. The statistics show:
- 80% of all car crashes involve male drivers.
- Men drive approximately 30% more miles every year.
- Female drivers make up 50.6% of all licensed drivers in the country, while male drivers only make up 49.4%.
- Men under 34 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash caused by speeding than women.
- According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, men made up 71%of car accident fatalities over one year, while women only accounted for 29%.
- Men drive approximately 30% more miles than women on average every year, which may be why the higher numbers of men are involved in crashes.
- While men drive 30% more miles than women, they are also implicated in just under 30% of car accidents, so while men do cause accidents, they may be less at fault than women.
- While women only cause 4.4 million accidents per year, men cause 6.1 million.
Comparing Statistics Then and Now
For almost 50 years, the trends and statistics on car accidents by gender were largely the same, but today, they are changing. The most startling statistics of these are as follows:
- For almost every year between 1975 and 2019, male car accident fatalities doubled female car accident fatalities.
- During the same timeframe between 1975 and 2019, traffic fatalities declined for both men and women. Men saw a 22% drop in auto accident fatalities, while the number of female fatalities dropped by 12%.
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Although the car accident statistics by gender are interesting, your main concern is only recovering from your injuries after a crash. At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney can help you recover damages that will help you do just that.
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