Sporting Events Increase risk of Car Accidents in South and North Carolina

Sports fans like nothing better than to see their team win, but studies are showing that the closer the game, the better chance you have of getting in a North Carolina car accident on the way home.

There are plenty of sports teams to root for in this area so our personal injury lawyers in Greenville and Anderson want to remind fans to drive responsibly as they exit the parking lot and while waiting in traffic to get to their desired route.
The State reports about a recent study conducted by two researchers from University of South Carolina, and a third from North Carolina State University, who examined traffic fatalities of fans who were driving home after a game.

They found that the closer the game, the more crashes were likely to occur, that is, 133 percent more likely. After examining post-game travel for 271 football and basketball games from 2001 to 2008, they found that testosterone levels seemed higher after closely fought games and there was a direct link between margin of victory and the number of traffic accidents that occurred on the way home from the event.

High levels of testosterone often lead to aggressive behaviors which are then transferred into irresponsible driving behavior. One example, was an incident that arose after a USC football victory of an unbeaten top-ranked opponent when a 20 year-old fan was run over by a car following a fight that broke out while sitting in a traffic jam with another fan.

As nice as the testosterone theory is, we can’t eliminate alcohol consumption at sporting events as having a direct effect on driver and passenger safety on the trip home from the game. Earlier this year, CNBC reported about a recent study done at the University of Minnesota in which doctors took breathalyzer tests of 362 sports fans following attendance at 16 professional football or baseball games. Results found that 8 percent of those fans tested were legally drunk and 40 percent had at least some alcohol detected in their system. Another result found that fans 35 and under were 8 times more likely to be drunk than those fans ages 36 and over. Tailgaters were over 6 times more likely to have alcohol detected and 14 times more likely to be drunk than fans that didn’t tailgate at all.

Aggressive and drunk driving are two undesirable behaviors that frequently occur following a sporting event. If you plan to tailgate before your next sports outing, or drinking during the game, designate a driver to get you and your group home safely.

Fans who want to avoid aggressive drivers should plan to leave the event early or remain at your parking spot until traffic dies down.

If you or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in an aggressive or drunk driving accident in North or South Carolina, contact The Lee & Smith for experienced advice about your rights. Call to make an appointment for a free consultation at 1-800-887-1965.

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