Are Men or Women More at Risk of Dying in a Car Accident?
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, releases data on motor vehicle accidents. Insurancequotes.com studied the data from 2014 and 2015 to see patterns in accidents, namely, which gender is most at risk for being involved in an accident.
In 2014, 32,675 people were killed in car accidents in 2014. In 2015, 35,092 lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents.
The data showed that male drivers were involved in the majority of fatal crashes in all 50 states. However, in some states, the numbers were surprising—for example, in North Dakota, male drivers were involved in 82.7 percent of fatal accidents. In South Dakota, they were involved in 82 percent of fatal accidents.
Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, West Virginia, Connecticut, Oklahoma, and California also reported that male drivers were involved in more than 75 percent of crashes.
The data also showed that alcohol played a big role in accidents. In 2015, alcohol was a factor in 43.2 percent of all fatal accidents in North Dakota.
As for female drivers, states with the highest rates for fatal accidents involving women included New Hampshire (30.3 percent), followed by Maine, North Carolina, Washington, Utah, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and Ohio.
In these fatal accidents, most drivers were not alone. Passengers were often children. The study also examined states with the highest death rates for passengers under the age of 16. The highest rate of fatalities for passengers under 16 years of age were Idaho (35.2 percent), Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, and Louisiana. New Hampshire ranked the lowest, at 9.6 percent.
However, the reasoning behind this—the fact that men are involved in more fatal accidents—could be simple. Men report driving more miles than women. One study estimated that men drive 16,550 miles every year, whereas women drive 10,142 per year.
Additionally, some also hypothesize that men are involved in more accidents because they engage in riskier driving behaviors and are more susceptible to road rage. Men are cited in more driving-related felonies as well, such as hit-and-run accidents.
Women are also much more likely to wear their seatbelts while driving.
Men also get more DUIs and traffic violations as compared to women. In fact, in New Jersey, 80 percent of drunken driving fatalities have been cited as “male-related.”
Interestingly, men and women get into non-fatal car accidents at pretty similar rates.
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