If you’re a man, you face far greater odds of dying in a car accident than if you’re a woman. Studies have shown that gender absolutely plays a role in these wrecks. While individual risk changes from person to person, the overall trends are clear.

In fact, it’s not even that close. Here are the fatality totals for car accidents in 2018:

  • Men: 25,841
  • Women: 10,676

If you’re thinking that maybe it’s just a recent trend, it’s not that simple. This divide has been clear for decades. For instance, here are the totals for 1975:

  • Men: 32,675
  • Women: 11,844

So, while the total deaths have declined, it is also clear that men still face a higher degree of risk on the roads. Why is this?

There are a few different reasons. For example, some experts note that men tend to get involved in more severe accidents — which are more likely to result in death — and that they engage in more reckless or risky driving practices. For instance, they’re more likely to drive drunk or speed.

There’s also something to be said for sheer exposure to risk. Men simply put in more annual miles on the road than women. This means they have more chances to get involved in accidents and get injured or killed. Probability says it will happen more frequently and the statistics back that up.

Have you gotten seriously injured in a car accident or have you lost a loved one in a wreck? While the stats show that it’s more likely that a male driver caused that crash, accidents can happen to everyone. Be sure you know what rights you have to seek compensation.