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Study: More traffic fatalities may be linked to whether team wins or loses

Posted On Wed, March 9, 2011

After a sporting event, whether a fan's team wins or loses may be a matter of life and death for motorists.

According to new research from North Carolina State University, fans of the winning team after closely contested sporting events tend to be involved in more traffic-related fatalities.

Researchers discovered this after evaluating traffic fatalities following 271 professional and collegiate games, basketball and football, between 2001 and 2008. They also ranked how close the games wound up being on a scale of one to five, one being a blow-out and a five being a nail-biter.

They found that not only were there more fatalities after blow-outs compared to nail-biters, but the deaths were overwhelmingly found at the hometown of the winning team.

The study's researchers believe the increase is due to the production of testosterone, dropping for the losing side but spiking for the winning side. Researchers say testosterone production is linked to aggressive behavior, which may be linked to aggressive driving.

Auto insurance companies take several factors into account when determining insurance premiums. Depending on the accuracy of these findings, providers could use the results as another assessment to evaluate risk.

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