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Women more likely than men to be injured in car crashes

Wyoming readers may be surprised to learn that women are much more likely to be injured in car accidents than men are. Research has shown the phenomenon is related to the fact that auto manufacturers design their safety technologies to protect male bodies while largely ignoring their performance on female bodies.

A study by City Lab found that women are 73% more likely to be injured or killed in a car wreck than men are. A little over 10 years ago, media outlets began investigating the causes of the problem and found that women who are "relatively short" and sat in particular ways inside a vehicle received less protection from standard seat belts in the event of a crash. This is because seat belts were created to fit the male form.

As it turns out, seat belts aren't the only thing designed with just men in mind. Apparently, almost all vehicle safety tests are performed with crash test dummies that represent the "average male," forgetting all about female vehicle occupants. To be fair, in 2003, the auto industry introduced a smaller dummy that was supposed to represent female bodies. However, it is only 5 feet tall and 110 pounds, which means it also fails to represent the dimensions of the "average female." According to safety experts, men and women have different pelvis shapes and different fat distributions, meaning that seat belts and other safety features will interact with them differently. Until car manufacturers begin testing their vehicles with this in mind, women will continue to suffer more injuries and deaths in crashes.

A personal injury lawyer could represent individuals who have been injured in a car accident and help them file a lawsuit to recover their losses. Possible damages paid out in such a suit include medical costs, lost income and property loss.

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