In a previous study it was noted that there was a higher incidence of lower-extremity fractures among women drivers. Analyses were based on a linkage between trauma registry and police crash report data. The present study addresses the issue of whether the differences noted are attributed to driver gender or are merely a reflection of differences in driver height.
An inverse association was noted between driver height and the incidence of lower-extremity fractures. Those shorter than average (5′7″) for this population had a 64% increase in lower-extremity fracture, which can be mainly attributed to ankle/tarsal injuries. Thus, the incidence of these injuries appears to be a function of driver height, with an increase among shorter drivers, most of whom are women.