Women in Connecticut are more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle accident than men. In 2001, a piece in USA Today suggested that seat belts that were not designed with women in mind were to blame along with how women tended to sit and several other factors.
However, the problem does not seem to have been addressed. A University of Virginia study has found that there is still a discrepancy in injuries. Women have a 73% higher chance of death or serious injuries compared to men.
Furthermore, the study says that crash test dummies are the issue. A crash test dummy representing a woman was not introduced until 2003, and it was only 5 feet tall and weighed 110 pounds. This is well outside the average height and weight for a woman, but there are additional issues as well. According to one of the researchers who worked on the study, the differences for women are not just size and weight. Other differences include pelvic shape and how fat is distributed. These can influence how seat belts affect the body and the skeletal structure in an accident. This has yet to be addressed in any safety studies.
Both men and women run the risk of being seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and of struggling to receive compensation. It is important to determine who is at fault in car accidents since the person or entity responsible might owe substantial compensation to the injured person. This compensation may help with medical expenses and other costs. If the driver who caused the accident was working at the time it occurred, the company may be held responsible as well. However, insurance companies could try to downplay the seriousness of injuries or find other ways to reduce the compensation offered. An attorney may be able to help.