Friday 13th is a day deeply shrouded in superstition, urban legends and traditions. It has been represented as the day of ultimate bad luck since the early nineteenth century. There is as much hocus pocus around it as Hallows Eve. Friday the 13th is only recognised in the Western culture with countries believing in it more than others. For example, many buildings in America will not possess a level thirteen.
A study undertaken in 1993 by the Mid Downs Health Authority in West Sussex revealed that traffic accidents which occurred on Friday 13th were 53% more likely to result in injury or death. This study was focused on London’s M25, and was used to try and eliminate the fear of Friday 13th.
However, further and future studies have proven otherwise; 26% of the UK’s populations are fearful of Friday 13th and the dangers it can potentially cause and are willing to go to extreme measures to avoid any dangerous situations which may occur.
George Patton, Director of Claims4Negligence.co.uk, says, “Contrary to popular belief, we can confidently say that Friday 13th is 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 clam and carry on as usual!”
Many people may take comfort to the results found by this personal injury and compensation claims company, but there will be no convincing those diagnosed with “friggatiskaidekaphobia” (the official name of those who live in fear of Friday 13th.)
Where does Friday 13th originate?
The number 13 has been associated with bad luck since the days of Christ, when Jesus and his 12 disciples enjoyed The Last Supper. It was the belief that the thirteenth person to take up a seat around the table was Judas the Betrayer.
Later Friday became the day of Christian observance now know as Good Friday, marking the day when Christ was crucified.