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Injured his neck in a traffic accident risk women more than men

May 15 2008

Women drivers and passengers are more at risk of neck injury in a crash than men.

Bertil Jonsson, a Swedish researcher from the University of Umeå, concluded that the risk of neck injury when their car crashes into another car behind women are three times more women than men. The scientist notes that modern systems of protection against spinal injuries allow approximately 50% reduction in their number compared with the previous generation of such funds. However, according to the researcher, very much depends on the passenger or the driver - on his behavior, posture at the time of the accident, and other factors. Jonsson conducted several studies to determine exactly how behave in the car, men and women - the drivers and passengers. First, he analyzed data from insurance companies for injuries of spine and neck. Then with the help of volunteers, researchers examined the characteristics of seat adjustment, the provisions of his backs, and analyzed the neck while driving a car and during the stops.

At the last stage, these data were compared with information obtained under the standard crash tests using dummies. "Women drivers and passengers is three times greater risk of neck injury in rear impact as compared to men. In this case, the driver has twice the risk of getting such an injury compared with the passengers seated in the front seat," - concludes the scientist . He notes in particular that women drivers seat adjust differently than men. They sit higher and closer to the steering wheel and set back more directly. Jonsson points out that modern standards of testing vehicles for safety does not take into account the behavior of a car for women and men. In his opinion, his findings suggest the need for changes in the standards so that they take into account the peculiarities of the passengers and drivers depending on their gender. He believes that his results should be considered when developing new systems, protect against spinal injuries, RIA-Novosti

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