Younger Women More Likely to Die Than Men in a Crash: Study

Jason Siu
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younger women more likely to die than men in a crash study

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a study that shows younger women are far more likely to die than men in an equivalent car crash.

NHTSA released a 349-page report that analyzed 50 years of crash data, showing that women drivers between the ages of 21-30 have a 25.9 percent higher chance of dying in an equivalent car crash than men. The report also says that as early as age 18, men have a better chance of surviving the same crash than women.

Strangely enough, the male’s advantage of surviving a car crash begins to diminish after age 35 and by 70, both male and female drivers are about equally at risk. In fact, women between the ages of 65-74 have a 1.4 percent lower risk of dying in a similar crash than men.

Most of this makes sense considering younger men are larger and stronger than women, making them likely to survive a crash of identical force. On average, the risk of a woman dying in a crash is 17 percent more than men for all ages and seating position.

The good news is, the overall risk of dying in a car accident has fallen 42 percent from 1955 until 2002 thanks to air bags, increased seat belt use, and other safety requirements.

[Source: The Detroit News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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