Do Men Cause More Car Accidents Than Women?
When it comes to driving, men are known for causing more car accidents than women. Is this true? Statistics show that men do cause more accidents and are three times as likely to die in a crash than women. Men cause roughly 6.1 million accidents every year compared to the 4.4 million crashes caused by women.
However, there is one main factor at play: the number of miles driven. Men are known to drive a lot more than women. Women tend to drive roughly 10,000 miles each year, while male drivers travel about 16,500 miles each year. This means that women drive about 30% less than men do each year. Therefore, men have thousands more miles under their belt, making them more likely to be involved in a car crash. Men account for 62% of all driving but cause 58% of all accidents.
Driving Habits: Men vs. Women
Still, the driving habits differ between men and women. Women are not typically aggressive drivers and tend to be more cautious (although there are always exceptions). Men, on the other hand, are generally aggressive when behind the wheel. They tend to engage in road rage and impulsive behavior, especially younger men under the age of 25.
Men are also more likely to engage in unsafe driving practices, such as driving while intoxicated, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt. Also, crashes involving male drivers tend to be more severe. Interestingly, though, women are more likely than men to be killed or injured in crashes of similar severity. This likely has to do with the type of vehicles that men drive. Many often drive trucks, vans, and other large vehicles while men tend to stick with sedans and other small vehicles.
From 1975 to 2021, the number of male crash deaths was more than twice the number of female crash deaths for almost every year. However, that gap has narrowed. Crash deaths among men declined by about 6% with crash deaths involving women increasing by almost 2%.
In 2021, 72% of all motor vehicle crash deaths were men. Men accounted for 72% of passenger vehicle driver deaths, as well as 86% of bicyclist deaths, 48% of passenger vehicle passenger deaths, 97% of large truck driver deaths, 67% of large truck passenger deaths, and 70% of pedestrian deaths.
Men also account for 92% of motorcyclist deaths. Motorcycle deaths have dramatically increased. Since 1975, motorcyclist deaths have increased by more than 90% among both men and women.
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Men do technically cause more accidents than women, but there are other factors involved.
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