If you are like many moms in your neighborhood, you spend considerable time behind the wheel of your car, truck or SUV. After all, in addition to driving to work, you transport your kids to and from school and other places. Regrettably, you might have a greater chance of suffering an injury in a car accident than your husband does.
According to a recent study from the University of Virginia, women are 73% more likely to sustain a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident than men. On average, they also have a greater likelihood of dying in car crashes.
Women drive less
Car accident statistics can be misleading, as more men die and suffer injuries in car accidents than women. There are a few explanations for this, though:
- Men often drive significantly more than women.
- Men tend to engage in risky driving behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating.
- Men often neglect to wear seat belts.
Women are more vulnerable
When researchers account for the discrepancy in driving time, driving clearly is more dangerous for women than men. The reason for this is also simple. Specifically, because women are smaller, they typically are more fragile than their male counterparts.
Women should drive defensively
You obviously have no control over how other drivers act. Yet, you can choose to drive defensively. The best way to accomplish this goal is to be a predictable driver. That is, you should drive in a way that does not surprise other drivers and gives them time to maneuver around you.
Ultimately, though, if you sustain an injury in a car accident, pursuing financial compensation from the responsible driver might help you return to good health.