Fri, Jun 13th - 10:50AM
Friday the 13th not so bad
Dutch statisticians have established that Friday 13th, a date
regarded in many countries as inauspicious, is actually safer than an
A study published on Thursday by the Dutch Centre for Insurance
Statistics (CVS) showed that fewer accidents and reports of fire and
theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other
"I find it hard to believe that it is because people are
preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically
speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th," CVS
statistician Alex Hoen told the Verzekerd insurance magazine.
In the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an
average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday, the CVS study said. But
the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500.
There were also fewer incidents of fire and theft, although the average value of losses on Fridays 13th was slightly higher.