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Women cause more car accidents than men? Not in Georgia, they don’t.

Exhaustive study also finds that Ford drivers have highest rate of fatal crashes.

Introduction

Data on fatal car crashes from Georgia shows that the stereotype about women being bad drivers doesn’t hold water when put up against the stats. 

In the Peach State — ranked 15th in the nation for most accidents — the overwhelming majority of fatal accidents involved a male driver, according to a study commissioned by Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. 

That conclusion holds even when the number of registered drivers of each gender is taken into account.

But in a troubling trend, regardless of the gender of the driver, the number of fatal vehicle accidents in the state is rising overall — from about 1,700 in 2012 to more than 2,200 in 2017.

 

“We looked at contemporary academic research as well as public data on climate, traffic accidents, population, and vehicles and can confidently turn the stereotype on its head: in Georgia, male drivers tend to be involved in more fatal car accidents than women, and this is also true when we take into account the number of registered drivers in each gender,” said John Oliver Coffey, the research lead on the study.

 

Quick Facts

Factors contributing to accidents 

  • Age is a contributing factor when it comes to volume of auto accidents Both men and women in their 20s were involved in the highest number of fatal accidents. This number is significantly higher compared to the same gender grouping between the ages of 30-40 who were involved in fewer collisions. 
  • The type of car people drove also played a role in whether an accident occurred or not. Most males involved in accidents drove Ford or Chevrolet vehicles. The most common car involved in an accident is a sedan and this is the same for both men and women. On the whole, most of the accidents in Georgia involve vehicles with no special use such as a tractor or an ambulance.
  • Accident rate high on long weekends. In the fall of 2016, the number of accidents started to grow steadily, especially on days before and after Labor Day. In August alone there were 130 accidents. The following month (September) the number of accidents rose to 145. The study found that the days in September 2016 with most accidents were the day Before Labor Day, the day after Labor Day, the day after Patriot Day, and Mexican Independence Day.
  • Changes in Georgia’s DUI laws affected drunk driving. While drunk driving does typically increase during summertime, it appears that there has been a downswing in accidents possibly due to a change in the DUI laws in Georgia that went into effect July 1, 2017.
  • More accidents occurred on specific days of the week than others. Typically throughout the year in Georgia, Saturday tends to be the most dangerous day of the week to drive. However, it is important to note the accidents in Georgia didn’t follow a pattern that’s as clear as the one in the US overall.
  • Daily volume of traffic accidents is below the national average. While the US had more than 40 fatal accidents every day, Georgia has around 3-4 accidents daily.

 


While the US had more than 40 fatal accidents every day, Georgia has around 3-4 accidents daily.

Since 2012, the number of men and women in automobile accidents has been on the rise in Georgia. In Bader Scott’s findings, male drivers were the cause of the majority of accidents between 2012-17. In 2017 alone, male drivers were at fault for 1,600 accidents. This is in comparison to female drivers who were involved in less than 600 accidents that same year.

This is a huge gap and the Bader Scott study digs into the factors that have contributed to the uptick in male-related car accidents. These numbers are staggering and the Bader Scott study suggests that there are several factors to consider when looking at the increase in male driver-related automobile accidents.


 

Key Findings

What is contributing to the spike in male driver-related fatal accidents in Georgia? For the report, several contributing factors were investigated.

The report takes its conclusions from an analysis of contemporary academic research as well as public data on climate, traffic accidents, population, and vehicles.


 

Type of vehicle

For both men and women, the most common type of vehicle involved in fatal accidents in a sedan. However, men were much more likely to be the drivers in fatal accidents involving pickup trucks and motorcycles.

 

“Ford vehicles had the highest number of fatal accidents in the duration studied in the report.”

– Seth Bader

 

Trends also emerged when the vehicle companies were isolated in the analysis. There are more than 70 companies with vehicles in use in the United States, but more than 50% of fatal accidents involve only six of them: Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, Dodge, Honda, and Toyota.

In every year included in the report, Ford was the vehicle brand with the highest number of fatal accidents. Most males involved in accidents drove Ford or Chevrolet vehicles. 

By market share, the leading car manufacturers in the United States as of the first quarter of 2019 are General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler/FCA. The Ford F-Series pickup truck has been America’s best-selling vehicle for more than three decades. Most of the fatal accidents in Georgia involve a vehicle with no special use such as an ambulance or tractor.

Time of accident

Throughout the year, Saturday was typically the most dangerous day to drive in Georgia, the report found. However, accidents in the state over the review period of the report didn’t follow a pattern as clear as for the United States overall.

In addition to the overall patterns, the analysis also found that accident numbers began to grow steadily in Georgia in fall 2016, especially on days before and after Labor Day. Though drunk driving tends to increase during the summer months, there were more fatal car accidents in September 2016 (145) than August 2016 (130). In particular, the days before and after Labor Day, after Patriot Day, and on Mexican Independence Day were the deadliest in September.

Interestingly, changes made to DUI laws in Georgia that came into effect on July 1, 2017 may have influenced the number of fatal accidents in the state. Driving while intoxicated typically increases in the summer months, but there appeared to be a downswing in accidents after the introduction of the new regulations.

 

Age of driver

The age of the drivers was another factor, with drivers aged between 20 and 30 years old having the highest number of fatal accidents.

This was the case for both men and women, though the decline in the number of accidents by age was more gradual for women.


 

Conclusion

In the last few years, the number of licenses in Georgia has been very similar for men and women — but as these findings show, significantly more men are behind the wheel in fatal vehicle accidents than women, and those accidents are happening for men more often each year. We aren’t aware of any other organization, let alone law firm, that has gone to such comprehensive lengths in a study of this kind for Georgia.

This report shows that some factors are similar for both genders. For example, sedans are the car most often driven in these fatal crashes, for both men and women. However, it also shows that there are differences between the two genders when it comes to these accidents with the worst outcomes. Further investigation may reveal more about what role, if any, those factors play in the gender disparity in fatal crashes in Georgia.

 

“We advise Georgians to be extra careful when driving on their long Labor Day weekend.”

– Seth Bader

 

About the Bader Scott Study

The study looked at contemporary academic research as well as public data on climate, traffic accidents, population, and vehicles. Once the data was compiled researchers ran validations to check for anomalies around issues such as completeness, consistency, conformity and accuracy. Then each dataset was studied for trends, outliers, notable behaviors and analyzed for correlations and possible drivers of traffic accidents. The research team included programmers, data analysts, veteran journalists, and data designers. 


 

About Bader Scott Injury Lawyers

Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is an award-winning personal injury law firm in Atlanta. The firm is focused on auto accidents, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. Bader Scott commissioned the study to research accident patterns in the state of Georgia to help analyze road safety. 

For further information and media inquiries contact: John Oliver Coffey, (201) 793 7234, hi@datapico.com

Seth Bader
(678) 562-5595