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Do men or women cause more car accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When looking at car accident statistics, you can often divide drivers into different groups. For example, teen drivers have a very high accident rate when compared to drivers in their 30s or 40s. This helps to show where the risks lie on the road and why many accidents occur.

One question that people sometimes have is whether or not men or women cause more car accidents. Is it safer or more dangerous for drivers to be of a specific gender, or does it make no difference at all?

Men are involved in far more accidents

All you have to do is look at fatality rates to see that men are involved in many more car accidents.  One reason for this, though, is just that men drive more often. Consider a family where a man has an office job 30 minutes away and his wife stays home with the children. He spends an hour on the road every single day, drastically increasing his odds of being involved in an accident, while his wife is safely at home.

But men also make more mistakes on the road. They drink and drive more often. They don’t use their seatbelts as much as they should. They’re more likely to break the speed limit or engage in risky driving practices. So it’s not just exposure to risk that increases the danger for men. It is also the way that they drive and the fact that they cause many of these car accidents to happen in the first place.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by another driver, you may have suffered significant injuries. Be sure you know how to seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills and much more.

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