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New car accident app shows difference between male and female drivers

Press Release   •   Jan 23, 2017 11:02 GMT

A new app from personal injury advice site Cute Injury analyses the causes of road traffic accidents.

Using statistics from the Department for Transport, the tool analyses every road traffic accident that was recorded on UK roads in 2015, separating the data between car crashes that involved male drivers and those that involved female drivers.

The data used by Cute Injury included the age of the driver at the time of the accident, the type of vehicle they were driving, the age of the vehicle, the purpose of their journey when the crash happened, the location of the accident, what manoeuvre (if any) the driver was attempting, and what object (if any) they hit.

By separating these data points by the sex of the driver, they were able to identify the key differences between car crashes involving men and those involving women.

To see the data in full, read the study and use the app here: Car accident causes – the differences between male and female drivers

Key differences between male and female drivers

First of all, male drivers are involved in a lot more car accidents on UK roads than women. This doesn't necessarily mean men are the more accident-prone though, as men drive a lot more than women in general.

There is a much higher proportion of young males causing accidents compared with young female drivers though. Of all the accidents caused by male drivers, 0.9% of them involved a boy driver aged between 11-15 years old.

In terms of how accidents are likely to happen, the data shows that men are much more likely to crash when trying to overtake. 8.6% of all accidents involving men happen when they are overtaking, compared with 3.6% for women.

Cute Injury provides independent help and advice regarding all forms of personal injury compensation claims.