Depending on what part of the country you find yourself in, you may notice that NFL fandom is a rather big deal. Seattle, Washington is most certainly one of those places. In fact, fans of the Seattle Seahawks are so dedicated to their team, that when the Seahawks lose, traffic accidents go up.
A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) looked at 31 NFL stadiums around the country in an effort to see what effect game days have on traffic accidents in the area.
IIHS Communications Manager Derek Wing spoke with the Insurance Journal about their findings. “What they found was not a huge surprise,” Communications said Wing. “With more people at the stadiums, there’s more car crashes. What is interesting, though, is that when the home team won there were 3.2% more crashes, but when the home team lost there was a 9.4% increase in crashes.”
What the report did not include was any speculation about why this is the case. Wing, however, had some ideas.
“I think that there are a lot of things at play,” Wing said. “First of all, emotions play a huge deal so if a team loses you might be angry, and driving more aggressively. There’s also a possibility you may have imbibed a little bit more, maybe had that extra beer as the team was losing, and quite honestly you may not be necessarily keeping your direction or focus on the road because you might be still thinking about a few plays that caused your team to lose, so there are a lot of things at play there.”
The reasons why this is happening don’t matter as much. What’s important is that people take measures to prevent accidents from happening in the future. Naturally, that means don’t drink and drive. It also means that if you are angry or emotionally compromised, you might want to take a walk before getting behind the wheel.
While it is important to drive safely, accidents do happen. That’s why everyone needs a solid auto-insurance policy. To check in on your current policy, or to learn more about a new one talk to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com.