Making crash test dummies in both male and female varieties – instead of the male-only versions made now – could result in fewer instances of whiplash injury.
If you’ve ever looked at a crash test dummy, they’re all made to emulate the weight and proportions of the average adult male. However, medical research says that women, whose bodies tend to be smaller and react more than men’s bodies do in the event of a rear-end shunt or other road traffic accident, are more prone to whiplash injuries than their male counterparts.
Making matters worse is that any and all whiplash restraints, such as head rests and car seats, are all designed with data gathered from crash tests using the standard dummy – an average-sized male. However, new research has said that it would be cost-effective to create an average female form for crash testing purposes, as the costs incurred from the development of such a specialised dummy could lead to new breakthroughs in safety technologies that could limit the effect of rear-end shunts for women and result in fewer car accident claims made for whiplash injury.
It’s not the worst idea to come down the pike in a long time. It’s hard enough managing the personal injury compensation sector, which generates huge costs for insurers through massive car accident claims figures – especially for whiplash – but if car manufacturers could make their cars safer, this could lead to a significant lessening in claims volume, and well worth the expense for researching and developing accurate female-form crash test dummies.