Men are more likely to be killed in a car crash than women in all 50 states, a new study has found, and California is listed among the top 10 deadliest states for male crash victims.
Researchers at personal injury law firm Dismuke Law analyzed statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine how much more likely it is for men to be killed in a collision than women.
The study evaluated the number of reported male and female traffic fatalities between 2017 and 2021, and after analyzing the data, researchers were able to establish a ratio of more to female deaths per 100,000 licensed drivers over that five-year period.
The Golden State placed eighth on the list with a ratio of just over four male crash deaths for every one female crash death, research shows, meaning that men are four times more likely to die in a collision than women in California.
Data shows that men in Hawaii are nearly six times more likely to be killed in a car crash than their female counterparts, the highest in the United States.
The top 10 states with where men are more likely to be killed in a car crash than women can be viewed in the table below:
|Rank||State||Male deaths (2017-2021)||Female deaths (2017-2021)||Total||# of male licensed drivers||# of female licensed drivers||Male fatalities per 100K licensed drivers||Female fatalities per 100K licensed drivers||Ratio of male to female fatalities per 100K licensed drivers|
Men in California and Florida are exactly 4.03 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than their female counterparts in those states, the study found.
Each state ranked first and second in terms of total number of crash fatalities, with 10,578 and 9,472 respectively.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, traffic deaths increased approximately 7.6 percent from 2020 to 2021.
The rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities — which includes fatal crashes where the vehicle operator has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher — also increased in that same yearlong period by 16%, from 1,180 in 2020 to 1,370 in 2021.