Today is the only Friday the 13th this year. Does your chances of being involved in a car accident increase on Friday the 13th?
It depends on what study you want to believe. The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) on June 12, 2008, stated that “fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. According to the CVS, statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands, as Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500.
However, results of a study published in the British Medical Journal entitled “Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?” found that Friday the 13th was more risky for accidents. In this study, researchers mapped the relation between health, behavior and superstition surrounding Friday 13th over a period of years by comparing the ratio of traffic volume to the number of automobile accidents on two different days, Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th. Although consistently fewer people drove their cars on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to vehicle accidents was significantly higher than on “normal” Fridays. The study concluded that, in the sample area, the risk of hospital admission due to a transport accident increased by as much as 52 percent on Friday the 13th.
If you are fearful about Friday the 13th, you are not alone. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of Friday the 13th. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day.
In any event, drive more safely today than other days and watch out for those who don’t. Work more safely today than yesterday to avoid the need for a workers’ compensation claim. Whether it is because of fear of Friday the 13th or not, it is always better to be safer than before.
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