Can a particular day really be more dangerous than any other simply because of something as arbitrary as the date and day of the week combination? There is certainly a long history to the belief that Friday the 13th is dangerous only by virtue of its name and number but, as the following figures appear to prove, such assertions can hardly be considered truthful.
According to a British study performed by researchers from the Mid Downs Health Authority in West Sussex in 1993, traffic accidents that occurred on Friday the 13th were 52 per cent more likely to result in injuries requiring hospital treatment than if they occurred on preceding Fridays.
This particular study focused on accidents on London’s notorious M25 motorway, and while its purpose was largely meant to point out how arbitrary results can be when small sample sizes are used, it would have certainly elevated the fear of this notorious date in the superstitious among us.
While other studies have proven these statistics otherwise, 26% of the UK population are in fact fearful of Friday 13th and go to extreme measures to avoid any situation that could risk an accident.
George Patton, director of Claims4Negligence.co.uk, says: “If recent events are anything to go by, we could be gearing up for a major natural disaster or incident this Friday with the earthquake in Sicily, the tornado in Oklahoma and the Costa Concordia tragically sinking on January 13th this year.
“Contrary to popular belief, we can confidently reassure the nation that Friday 13th is in fact no different to any other, with having seen no significant spike in claims for accidents on this date. Many superstitious people are afraid of using their cars or flying, but the message from us is to keep calm and carry on as usual!”
Claims4Negligence, founded in 2007, aims to provide victims with information on different kinds of negligence-related accidents, the claims process and other aspects of making a claim should the need arise.
While many people will take comfort in the facts shared by this leading personal injury and compensation claims company, there will be no convincing those diagnosed with friggatriskaidekaphobia, the official name for those who live in fear of Friday 13th.
If you do happen to be the unfortunate victim of an accident or injury this Friday, or any other date, visit the Claims4Negligence site for information and advice.
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