13th July 2018

Revealed: Friday the 13th Really is Unlucky for Some

New research has confirmed that Friday 13 is in fact the UNLUCKIEST day in the calendar.

Data from Endsleigh Insurance Services has revealed there were 35 per cent more claims made on the feared date than any other in 2017.  

The highest number of claims related to travel, with claims on Friday 13 a staggering 381% higher than the average daily claim figure for the rest of the year.

Claims for landlord insurance doubled (50 per cent), motor claims increased by 30 per cent, and niche claims, including musical instruments, increased by 22 per cent.

The only areas not affected by the superstitious date were home insurance –which saw no movement – and possessions, which saw 33 per cent fewer claims.  

Endsleigh has identified that this pattern is not isolated to 2017 – in fact since 2015, claims on Friday 13 have increased on average by 18 per cent compared with other days each year.

It is believed that fear of Friday 13 has existed since the Middle Ages and has been associated with many superstitions over the years. The date falls at least once each year, and in 2017 it occurred twice – once in January and once in October.

Julia Alpan, head of marketing at Endsleigh, said: “The belief that Friday 13 is a jinxed date is nothing new, but we were surprised to find patterns in our data which may suggest it’s more than just superstition.   

“We’re not entirely sure why there are such spikes around the date – perhaps it’s paranoia and people thinking themselves into accidents, or maybe there really is something behind the dreaded number 13.

Whatever the reason behind the figures, as the date approaches once more this month, it’s a good time to make sure your policies are up-to-date and you’re covered for all eventualities.”

With over 50 years’ experience, Endsleigh uses its expertise to provide home, motor, travel and gadget insurance, throughout student life, through to homeownership and beyond.



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