Men more likely to die driving than women

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Men are more likely to be killed while driving than women, a new U.S study shows.

The study, done by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), shows that twice as many men than women were killed while driving in 2012 in the U.S. (23,808 men compared to 9,733 women). The study reveals that this disparity is mostly due in part to the fact that they cover more miles each year.

But alarmingly, the study also shows that men are more likely to drive drunk – nearly 25% of fatal male crashes involved a male driver with an illegal blood-alcohol level, compared to 15% for women.

It’s not all good news for women though.

Except for age groups from five to nine and over 74, females have a higher injury rate than men, with 768 injury crashes for every 100,000 female drivers. Women are also more prone to fall into the “frequent fender bender” category, but nothing any more serious than that.

Still, some promising signs lie in the fact that fatality rates and injuries are continuing to decline steadily. Drunk driving fatalities have also reduced from 48% in 1982 to 31% in 2012.

Other interesting findings from NHTSA: 

  • Midnight to 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays proved to be the deadliest three-hour period for drivers.
  • Per 100,000 population, persons 21 to 24 years old had the highest fatality rate and the highest injury rate. Children 5 to 9 years old had the lowest fatality rate, and children under 5 years old had the lowest injury rate per 100,000 population.
  • Teen crash rates increase by 43% in the summer months
  • Sixty-one percent of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle, as compared with 32 percent of injury crashes and 30 percent of property damage only crashes
  • Regardless of crash severity, the majority of vehicles in single- and two-vehicle crashes were going straight prior to the crash

News Source: NHTSA

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