University of Virginia Researchers have just released a report that indicates women have 73% greater odds of being injured in frontal car crashes than men, and are urging the government and industry to discover why.
Using government studies of 23,000 front-ended crashes and adjusting for variables, researchers say they found what they call a “risk gap” for women.
“So they had 73% greater odds for serious or fatal injuries compared to males.”
Principal Scientist Jason Forman says they don’t know why, and part of the problem he says is a 50 year legacy of flawed research.
“The early work on occupant protection and development of crash-test dummies happened to be focused more on male-specific populations.”
Auto manufacturers used that research and Forman says cars are safer today for everybody, but less so for women.
“Everybody knows this is a problem.”
But now he says, it needs to be a priority.
UVA’s Center for Applied Biomechanics has done research into auto injuries since 1989