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California among top 10 states for male crash deaths

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Male crash deaths are a major issue across the United States, and California is one of the worst states for these fatalities. Unveiling the driving forces behind this statistic helps bolster road safety and curtail fatalities among male motorists.

Numerous factors contribute to the elevated rate of male crash deaths in this region compared to females.

Riskier driving behaviors

Men tend to engage in riskier driving behaviors compared to women. This increases their likelihood of involvement in fatal crashes. These behaviors include speeding, aggressive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The propensity for risk-taking among male drivers contributes to a higher incidence of fatal accidents on California’s roads.

Seat belt usage

Men are less likely to wear seat belts than women. Failure to wear seat belts increases the risk of severe injuries and fatalities in the event of a crash. The reluctance of male drivers to buckle up contributes to the higher rate of crash deaths among men in the state.

Occupation and driving patterns

Men often have different occupation-related driving patterns that may expose them to greater risks on the road. Industries such as construction, transportation and delivery often require male workers to drive as part of their job duties. These occupations may involve driving larger vehicles or operating machinery, increasing the likelihood of accidents and fatalities.

Per KTLA, California is the eighth-deadliest state in the nation for male car crash deaths, with 8,528 men losing their lives in wrecks between 2017 and 2021. By implementing comprehensive road safety measures and fostering a culture of safe driving, California can work toward a future with fewer losses of life on its roads.