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Does the Success of Your Favorite NFL Team Effect Your Driving?


The popularity of football in America is undeniable. In fact, watching games on Sunday is a time-honored tradition.

With Super Bowl weekend upon us, we thought it would be worth asking a bit of an odd question – do you think game outcomes have an impact on the number of car accidents on a given Sunday?

What do you think?

Actually, a study was just completed by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) on this very question.

What they discovered is interesting. The rate of car accident claims from ZIP codes around NFL stadiums is higher on days when the home team loses or ties than when it wins.  On days when the home team won, there were 3.2% more collision claims than on days without a home game. On days when the team lost or tied, there were 9.4% more collision claims than on days without a home game. Only the increase in claims after a loss or tie was statistically significant.

So what causes this increase?

Study authors didn’t offer an opinion.

Could losses lead to more road rage? Do fans drink more after a loss? Perhaps additional research can help answer this question.

In the meantime – what’s all this mean for you?

If you live in Connecticut – chances are you will be sharing the road with lots of Patriot fans on Sunday evening. Whoever wins – drive defensively. And of course, never drink and drive!

If you or a loved one are ever injured in a car accident, know that the Hartford car accident lawyers at RisCassi & Davis have been assisting people just like you for 60 years. And we’ve received both state and national recognition for our work in this area.  If you’re ever in a car accident of any kind and would like a free consultation with one of our Hartford car accident lawyers, please contact us.  There is no obligation.   And – there is no fee or other costs unless we are successful on your behalf.

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