Several studies in recent years debunk the stereotype that women can't drive.
In fact, a study released in 2007 by TrafficSTAT found that based on the number of miles driven, men have a 77 percent higher risk of dying in auto or truck accidents than women. Age is also a factor. Young men are more likely to be in fatal accidents than older men. That is why it is generally more expensive for a young man to purchase car insurance.
Studies also show that men are generally more aggressive and higher risk takers. Men are more likely to speed, drink and drive, and are less likely to wear seatbelts.
But the word "stereotype" can be defined as an inaccurate and simplistic generalization. One must be cautious in interpreting studies when it comes to driving and accidents.
Negligence is behavior that cuts through both genders and all ages.
If a driver is not paying attention, texting or otherwise distracted, drinks and drives, speeds, or is just generally careless-and that driver causes an accident that seriously hurts or kills someone-then all the studies in the world do not matter to the injured person or the loved ones of someone killed.
To prevent injuries and deaths as a result of car accidents, pedestrian knock-down cases, and bicycle accidents , New York City plans to implement intense safety measures.
These measures include installing countdown signals at 1,500 intersections for pedestrians, re-engineering 60 miles of roadway with an eye toward improving pedestrian safety, and implementing a pilot program to improve visibility at left turns along certain streets in Manhattan.
No matter how many safety measures are put in place, however, it takes reasonable and attentive driving by all motorists to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, that is terribly difficult to control.
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