A motor vehicle accident can change a person’s life in an instant. One second a Montana driver may be heading to the store or going to work, and the next moment that person may be left with pain and debilitating injuries. While anyone is susceptible to injuries in a crash, there is some reason to believe that certain people are more likely to experience injuries than others in car accidents.
According to the findings of a recent study, women are more likely to experience injuries in a crash than men. In fact, they have a 73% greater chance of injury in a collision. This study focused on forward collisions in which occupants were wearing seat belts. Vehicles are safer than ever before, but evidence suggests that the reason women are more likely to be injured is because of the difference in body types between males and females.
Looking closely at the nature of injuries suffered by car accident victims, the study found that women are more likely to suffer injuries to their lower extremities. There are probably many different factors that affect how a collision affects different people in different ways. Additional study is needed to fully understand the difference in body types and other factors that determine the impact of collisions.
Car accidents affect people in different ways, but Montana victims do not have to suffer in silence. If a person believes that another person’s negligent or reckless behavior is to blame for the accident, that individual has the right to pursue legal recourse through a civil claim. An assessment of the individual case can help a person understand what legal options may be available.