Older women cause about two-thirds of all gas pedal accidents in which the driver accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of the brake, according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The study, reported by the Associated Press, also finds that when looking at all types of car accidents, about 60 percent of drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes are men.
And in another finding, the gas pedal accidents tend to involve drivers who were over age 76 or under age 20. Researchers analyzed more than 2,400 gas pedal accidents in a North Carolina state crash database and also looked at nearly 900 media reports of such crashes.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to negligence, such as a gas pedal accident, don't hesitate to contact a North Carolina personal injury lawyer. An experienced car accident attorney in North Carolina who is well versed in state law may be able to help you get compensation for your losses.
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Gas pedal accidents in the United States have had tragic consequences. In 2003, an 86-year-old man drove his car into a busy open-air market in Santa Monica, Calif., which resulted in 10 deaths and 63 injuries.
Most of these types of accidents occurred in parking lots, parking garages and driveways, according to the federal study.
While there may be several reasons for the frequency of gas pedal accidents among elderly drivers and teenage drivers, researchers say it's possible that areas of the brain that deal with driving aren't as robust in those age groups, according to the Associated Press report.
The Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, under contract for NHTSA, and TransAnalytics LLC of Quakertown, Pa., conducted the study, according to the Associated Press.
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