The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently reported that men tend to be involved in more severe crashes than women – which could be a bad news for the segment of population, since the US highway fatalities have again jumped in recent months, after declining for years.
No matter the cause, male drivers are twice as likely to get killed when behind the wheel than women, according to the US auto safety regulator – though if comparing crashes with the same characteristics, actually women are more likely to die or be injured than men. Additionally, numerous studies conducted on young motorists show that teenaged male motorists are particularly involved in fatal crashes. The NHTSA study also supported the view, showing that as age progresses, the gap between men and women narrows. The federal researchers compiled the study based on data for 2012, when 33,541 Americans died on the highways – with 23,808 men and only 9,733 women fatally wounded.
The NHTSA also provides a variety of factors for the difference between men and women. Mainly, men drive around 50 percent more than women each year. They also drive more aggressively, which leads to a higher percentage of severe accidents. Male drivers are also more likely to drive while intoxicated. For example, almost a quarter of male motorists involved in death accidents that year were drunk, with blood alcohol levels higher than 0.08%, which is the legal point of intoxication. On the other hand, only 15 percent of the women involved in fatal crashes were also drunk.