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Do women experience more serious injuries in car crashes?

  • By:Julie Luhrsen

After years of helping folks injured in car accidents, one thing we’ve come to notice — at least here in our Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Florida, area backyard — is that women experience more serious injuries than their male counterparts who are involved in similar types of crash.

The ongoing research out there verifies our observations, but as it turns out the reasons are many.

Women experience more serious injuries in car crashes

Research from about 10 years ago revealed — not surprising to a couple of personal injury attorneys — that women are more likely to be hurt in a crash than men.

Indeed, that study, involving over ten years’ worth of crash data and 45,500 crash victims, showed that seat-belted women were 47% more likely than their male counterparts to suffer severe injury in similar car crashes.

Body construction is different between men and women

woman in carBeyond the obvious height and weight differences, neck strength and musculature played a role. The fact that cars have long been designed based on a male crash test dummy is an additional contributing factor.

Another study affirmed again that women suffer more serious injuries than do men and that the differences may also be due to something we’re not able to affect — our differing bone shape and ligament laxity, among other things.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently examined how the type of car being driven factors into injury risk; that study showed driving a car, which women tend to do more than men, was riskier, whereas driving a truck, which men tend to do more than women, is less risky.   

Research safe vehicles for improved protection

While we may be injury attorneys helping others by day, our evenings and weekends are often spent playing chauffeur to our kids and their friends. We’ve seen and handled our fair share of very serious car accident injury cases. And as moms who want to protect our families, we wondered what steps we could take to reduce our risk.

Beyond working on our neck strength, these studies have convinced us that as we look for our next car the initial focus will be on doing our homework. First stop will be looking at what’s safe by checking both the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’ crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation ratings and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s vehicle safety ratings.

Another important consideration is to look for vehicles that have garnered the recommendation of an independent rating organization such as Consumer Reports which tests and recommends cars on a variety of factors. And then … choosing among the newer (2009 or later) and bigger options that fit our budget.      

Attorney Julie S. Luhrsen attributes her success as a lawyer to the training and experience she obtained serving as an Army JAG lawyer. Beyond the cases she tried, she learned invaluable lessons about leadership and teamwork that she uses daily at Luhrsen Goldberg and on behalf of her personal injury clients. While proud to hold a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, her most gratifying accomplishment was to be the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel award. Julie has been in practice in Florida for over 15 years. She focuses on representing the injured and providing support and legal guidance to attain the best result possible. Julie welcomes the chance to help Florida families recover after serious accidents and from legal wrongs.

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