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Many stereotypes involving gender, race and age suggest that certain groups of people are more likely to get into car accidents than others. As with most stereotypes, these claims are not true.

Driver experience level and the type of cars people drive have more influence on the likelihood a person may get into an accident.

Who Is More Likely to Get Injured in an Accident?

Regardless of who gets in more car accidents, women suffer injuries in car accidents more often than men. This is due to the fact that women tend to drive smaller, lighter vehicles. These smaller cars are more likely to be the struck vehicle in accidents. This knowledge has inspired adjustments to crash testing procedures to study how women’s bodies react to the force of a collision.

What Kinds of Injuries Are Most Common?

Broken bones, leg injuries and concussions are common injuries in any car crash. Depending on the severity of the collision and the speed of the vehicles involved at the moment of impact, injuries can be more severe, even fatal.

Who Is More Likely to Suffer a Fatal Crash?

Though fatal crashes involve men more often than women, women are more likely to die or suffer serious injury in collisions.

Despite these facts, men can and do suffer injuries and fatalities in car accidents. Being a man does not protect a person from risk. Regardless of age, gender or gender expression, every driver should always practice diligence in being a safe driver. The more careful we all are, the safer the roads become.