April 15, 2006

Men, Women, Cars, and Crashes

"Overall, the data show that about 73 percent of all people killed in car accidents are male. For every age, all the way through the mid-90s, male fatalities outnumber female fatalities by a factor of 3 or more. At age 20, for example, there were 14,325 male and 3,238 female drivers killed while traveling alone during the 29-year period.
Interestingly, a similar ratio holds for pedestrian deaths. The period from 1975 to 2003 saw 126,715 male deaths and 55,669 female deaths. Indeed, even among infants and young children, male fatalities invariably outnumbered female fatalities."
Science News Online Posted by Martin Sewell at April 15, 2006 10:01 PM