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Younger Women More Likely to Die in Crashes

But for elderly, men are more vulnerable.

by on May.30, 2013

Women are generally more likely to die in a crash than a man of similar age.

Young women are more likely to die, in otherwise equivalent crashes, than men of the same age, according to a new study by federal safety regulators.

That goes for both women drivers and female passengers between the ages of 21 and 30, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But NHTSA also says the situation reverses itself in old age, when it’s men who have a significantly higher risk of being killed in crashes.

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“Young adult females are more fragile than males of the same age, but later in life women are less frail than their male contemporaries,” said the NHTSA report.