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Women at higher risk than men for car crash injuries

Connecticut women run a higher risk than men for serious injuries in the wake of a car accident. In fact, a study from the University of Virginia has calculated a woman's risk as being 73% higher than a man's. Drivers in Connecticut may be curious about the reasons for this phenomenon. There are two main factors.

The first reason has been reported on for nearly a decade -- most seat belt designs do not take women into account. Analysts discovered long ago that physical factors related to a woman's body type prevent the average seat belt from giving a full amount of protection.

Secondly, many crash safety tests are not taking the anatomical and physiological differences of women into account. The majority of these tests use only male crash dummies. Female crash dummies were introduced in 2003 but do not accurately reflect the dimensions of the typical woman. These dummies are 5 feet tall and weigh 110 pounds.

The physiological differences have a way of affecting how the seat belt interacts with a person's body and skeletal structure. Safety advocates say that automakers have a duty to apply this information toward the crafting of better safety measures.

Someone who incurs a severe injury through the actions of a negligent driver can seek compensation, but they may want to see a personal injury lawyer first. Legal counsel could be helpful in building up the case, negotiating for a settlement and, if necessary, preparing for a courtroom trial. If successful, a victim may be reimbursed for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle damage and more.

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