There are many reasons why car accidents happen on South Florida roads, but one danger that many people may not be aware of is that there is an increased risk of crashes on those days where the home team loses. Although there may be many reasons for this spike in crash events, one of the likely contributing factors is that the emotional impact of the loss may lead to an increase in distracted driving. There also is an increase in crash rates overall on days when there is a game at the stadium, which likely is attributable to the fact that there is increased traffic around the stadium on game day.
Any time a person is involved in a car crash, there may be serious injuries. It is important to have an experienced attorney evaluate the facts of the accident as soon as possible in order to determine if another person’s negligence was a contributing factor in the accident. The knowledgeable Miami car crash lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand how to uncover the evidence necessary to build a strong case against negligent drivers and other individuals. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience representing the interests of car crash victims.
A recent study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has reported that in the zip codes surrounding a stadium where the home team loses a sporting engagement, there are more accidents. There also is an increase in accidents when the home team ties the game, as compared to days where the team triumphs in a win. The HLDI study focused on National Football League (NFL) stadiums, but it is likely that the emotional component that may contribute to the increase in crashes would be present in other sporting venues where fans are passionately invested in the game outcome. According to the HLDI study, the increase in accidents was greatest in the zip code area in which the stadium was located, but also existed in surrounding zip codes. The analysis focused on where the vehicle involved in the crash was from, i.e., where the vehicle was “housed,” rather than where the crash occurred.
According to the study, on days when the home team won, there was an increase of 3.2 percent higher than on days when there was no game. However, on days when the home team tied or lost the game, there was an increase of 9.4 percent over days without a game. The HLDI study indicated that this increase was more pronounced at certain stadiums.
There are many different studies that have considered the impact that emotional extremes can have on a person’s ability to respond to changing traffic conditions quickly. In addition, a person who is angry about the loss of his team may drive more aggressively, leading to reckless or road rage accidents. Regardless of the reason for the increase in collisions, it is important to exercise additional caution on days when the home team has lost the game when you are in the vicinity of the stadium.
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