Car Crashes Spike When Home Team Loses: Study

Car Crashes Spike When Home Team Loses: Study

How mad do you get after your favorite NFL team loses? It seems most get upset enough to affect their driving. 

According to a study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the rate of insurance claims directly around an NFL stadium is higher on days when the home team loses or ties than when it wins.

The study looked at collisions in ZIP codes that directly surround 31 different NFL stadiums, though it only takes into account vehicles that are garaged within that ZIP code, which means that drivers who came into that ZIP code for the game are not included.

On days when the home team played and won, the collision rate was 3.2 percent higher than days without a football game because of the higher rate of traffic. On days when the home team lost or tied, the rate of collisions was 9.4 percent higher.

“The game day effect was much more pronounced at some stadiums than at others,” says HLDI Vice President Matt Moore. “This may point to differences in policing and traffic management strategies, which could present opportunities for improvement.”