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July 22/29, 1998

Men, Women, and Car Crashes

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JAMA. 1998;280(4):315. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.315-JQU80004-2-1

An innovative method of data analysis has shown that while men are 3 times more likely than women to be killed in a car crash, women are involved in more car crashes than are men.

The new findings, published this month in Epidemiology, are from researchers at The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Baltimore, Md. Using US national car crash statistics from 1990, they analyzed 3 variables: crash fatalities, the number of crashes per 1 million person-miles, and the annual average miles driven per driver. Traditionally, the death rate ratio has been calculated using only fatality rates and crash rates.

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