When you look at car accident statistics, one thing that stands out is that men are responsible for causing far more of these accidents than women. This isn’t to say that men or women are better or worse drivers, but just that you can track the results of their driving, and it’s obvious that men are behind the wheel in far more accidents.
Have you ever wondered why this is? Let’s look at a few of the reasons.
Men tend to drive more than women
Perhaps the biggest reason is just that men drive a lot more than women. In the U.S., there are more than a million more women with driver’s licenses than there are men, but men still cover roughly 40% more miles. This means that they are simply given far more chances to cause accidents. Even if men and women caused crashes at the exact same rate, men would be involved in more total accidents due to this difference in milage.
Risky driving behaviors
It’s also been pointed out that young men — those between 16 and 25 years of age — may engage in more risky driving than young women. While young drivers always cause more accidents than more experienced drivers, adding risky and aggressive driving behaviors increases the risk. Women are less likely to do things like engaging in street racing, for instance. They also drink and drive far less often.
Suffering injuries in a car accident
You always face risks when you drive, and a lot of that risk comes from those around you on the road. When another driver causes an accident that injures you, be sure you are well aware of your rights to compensation.