/ Modified apr 15, 2024 3:43 p.m.

Arizona study examines traffic inequity

The investigation looks at how demographics make a difference in accident outcomes.

Car Accident, Traffic Accident spot A traffic accident on Tucson's east side, at the intersection of Broadway and Wilmot.
AZPM Staff

University of Arizona researchers are looking at traffic safety, and why some groups have more serious outcomes than others.

It’s part of a comprehensive study of transportation use across the United States. U of A College of Engineering professor Alyssa Ryan found information showing women driver’s safety is often overlooked.

“When we actually look into the specific data of when women and men get into separate crashes, we know women walk away with more injuries," Ryan said. "And they also walk away with different types of injuries than men do."

Ryan notes women seem more likely to suffer primary injuries to the chest, abdomen, and legs than men in similar car accidents. The study also examines safety aspects for those who choose to ride bikes, take buses, or walk to their destinations, and looks at how traffic incidents vary in severity and response in different neighborhoods and rural areas.

Results are due to be published in 2025.

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