In 2003 a study was performed by the University of Toronto to see if collisions increase after the Super Bowl. Shockingly it uncovered there is a 41% increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours after the Super Bowl. The first hour after the game is the worst with the accident rate jumping a whopping 70%. This study compared accident data from 27 Super Bowl Sundays from 1975 to 2001. While they did not that there was a 10% decrease in accidents during the game itself and assumed there are less people on the road at that time.
ICC Collision Centers understands how exciting the big game can be. Especially if “Your” team in playing. Super Bowl parties are everywhere and most have some kind of alcohol. As always ICC Collison wants our customers, families and friends safe on the road. ALWAYS have a designated driver, just in case that one drink turns in to several, or “Your” team wins the big game. Keep these statistics in mind after Super Bowl parties or any party you attend this year.
The New England Journal of Medicine noted that the largest rise in accidents occurred in the home states of the losing team. Those accidents increased by 68% after the game and only 6% increase in the winner’s state. In the so called “neutral” states the crashes increased 46%. With this amount of accidents of course the fatality rate increased. The fatality rate went from 17 to 24 on comparison Sundays. Injuries went up from 1,300 to 1,900 with crashes topping 4,000 up from just under 2,000.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that drinking during the game, driver fatigue because of the hours before during and after the game add up and disappointment among drivers whose teams lost all contributed to the increase in accidents. Even those fans who do not par-take in the drinking portion of the parties are still as risk because of distraction while driving. Replaying the game with all the highs and lows with passengers in the car can distract the driver, causing accidents.
ICC Collision wants all of our customers to have fun and celebrate exciting events such as the Super Bowl, but you must do it responsibly. If you do find yourself in an accident with a drunk or distracted party goer give ICC Collision a call. We can tow your vehicle to our shop, repair your car back to its former glory and get you back on the road. We have several locations in Santa Ana, LA, Culver City and Torrance, CA and are always here to help!! Just give us a shout!
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