ROSEVILLE, CA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Motor vehicles have become much safer in the 100 years since Henry Ford released the Model T and changed American transportation forever. Through research and technological advancements, drivers and passengers are more likely to survive car accidents with fewer injuries. Despite the improvements, however, some people are still at higher risk of serious injury or death if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
One study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that older people are more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a car accident
than younger people. Young adult women are also at higher risk, the study found.
Risk Increases With Age
The study showed that starting at age 21, a person's risk of dying if they are in a car crash increases by about 3 percent a year. The reason: People become more frail as they age and are more susceptible to serious injury than younger people are. As people continue to age and become even more frail, their risk of dying from injuries also increases.
also found that younger women have a higher risk of dying in a car accident. Women younger than 35 have a 25 to 30 percent higher fatality risk in car accidents than men of the same age. This higher risk is reduced as women age; by age 70, men and women have the same risk of being killed in a car accident.
Women have a particularly high risk of neck and abdominal injuries from motor vehicle accidents. According to the NHTSA, the higher risk of neck injuries may be related to anatomical differences between female and male necks. A man's neck usually has more spinal column strength than a woman's neck, but a woman's neck must support a head that is nearly as large as a man's. The study authors did not have an explanation for the higher risk of abdominal injury.
The findings are consistent with previous studies. In a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, women wearing seat belts in car accidents were 47 percent more likely to sustain severe injuries
than a man wearing a seat belt in a similar crash.
Auto Designs May Play A Role
In addition to differences in men's and women's builds, some researchers point to auto designs as a reason for the disparity. The NHTSA study notes that the design and technology used in a vehicle can influence injury rates. The American Journal of Public Health article and others have called for health policies and vehicle regulations aimed at reducing injury risk for women.
Some experts say that older safety systems in cars were more likely to pose a risk. According to an expert interviewed for a 2011 ABC News story, older systems had more of a one-size-fits-all approach, which could lead to more injuries. Women tend to be shorter and lighter than men, which could increase the chance of injury from air bags, for example. Newer vehicles have air bags that can release with different force depending on the size of the occupant, the placement of the seat and other factors.
Contact An Attorney
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, an experienced attorney can explain your legal options and help you demonstrate the extent of your injuries and losses.
Rosenthal Law provides experienced representation for victims of motor vehicle accidents and other serious accidents in Roseville, Sacramento and surrounding areas of California. To learn more, visit our website at www.rosenthalinjurylaw.com