Women in Kentucky and across the U.S. are more likely to be injured in car accidents than men. According to a new study, one of the reasons for this issue is that the crash test dummies used by the auto industry don't represent the dimensions of the average woman.
As Kentucky drivers know, car accidents are a constant risk on U.S. roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 6,452,000 American drivers were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. One might think these accidents were spread evenly across the country, but a report by Allstate Insurance found that some areas have more accident-prone drivers than others.
It's fairly clear, every time you pass a semitruck on the highway, that getting into an accident with one of these massive vehicles puts you at a serious disadvantage. Weight is incredibly important in a crash, and a semi may weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a driver drifts over the center line or merges into your car, which probably weighs far closer to 3,000 or 4,000 pounds, you could suffer from some very serious injuries.