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Do American Safety Standards Keep You Safe? It Depends On Who You Are.


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11/30/2011
Shane Smith
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If you are woman, your chances of serious injury in an Atlanta auto accident are significantly greater than the chances of a man being injured in the same accident. No, your chances of injury in a Georgia car crash have nothing to do with your driving abilities; the difference in injury rates exists because most car safety features are designed for men.

Dipan Bose and Jeff Crandall of the University of Virginia and Maria Segui-Gomez of Navarra University in Spain published their findings in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers looked at crash data collected between 1998 and 2008. They found that the chances of a female driver sustaining serious injury in a car crash were 47 percent higher than for men. They believe this difference is explained by the design of safety features. Until recently most crash tests were performed using only male dummies.

The good news is that the government and auto manufacturers are paying attention. Since the 2011 model year, Government crash testing has included both male and female crash test dummies. Car companies will be working to ensure that their models do well in both situations.

Atlanta car accident injury attorney Shane Smith fights for the rights of car accident victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. To schedule a free consultation with a Georgia personal injury attorney, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.



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