Gender Statistics for Auto Accidents
If you drive a car on a regular basis, as most people do, the unfortunate fact is that you could be involved in an auto accident. In fact, according to car insurance industry estimates, drivers file an auto accident claim, on average, once every 18 years. These auto accidents often result in painful and costly damages. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can affect that auto accident statistic and put a driver at an even greater risk of being involved in a collision. Here the auto accident attorneys at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. look at auto accidents and gender statistics to see how our Brooklyn, NY clients’ odds of being in an accident may even be impacted by their sex.
Who’s the Safer Driver?
In general, females seem to have a reputation of being less sure behind the wheel and having less control over their vehicles than their male counterparts. However, it’s probably time for all those jokes about bad female drivers to be put to a stop. If we look at the statistics, women actually have the advantage when it comes to safe driving. Below are some statistics that have been gathered in regards to male vs. female drivers:
- Men are 3.4 times more likely to be ticketed for reckless driving
- Men are 3.1 times more likely to be cited for drunk driving
- Men are more likely to die in an auto accident, with a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing that, in 2009, more than 11,900 males died in an auto accident, compared to just under 4,900 women drivers that same year
- Because of statistics suggesting that women are less aggressive drivers and more likely to follow the law, most women have lower insurance rates
One area in which this safety gap between male and female drivers seems to disappear is among teenaged drivers. A lack of experience combined with increased instances of distracted driving seems to put both male and female teens at an equally increased risk of being involved in an auto accident.
What to Do after an Accident
While men may have a greater risk of being involved in an auto accident, this is something that can impact any driver at any time. Whether male or female, the most important thing a driver can do is be prepared in the event that an accident does occur. Below are some important steps that should be taken following a car crash:
- Collect insurance information for all involved drivers
- Do not claim any fault for the accident at the scene
- Take photos of the accident, if possible
- Contact the police or highway patrol so that the incident can be documented
- Do not accept any money at the scene of the accident
- Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries sustained
- Contact an auto accident attorney
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The auto accident attorneys at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. understand the damages that may result from a car crash and they will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us to discuss the details of your case and find out how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.