For California Drivers, 15 is an Unlucky Number

December 7, 2010 ( – If you’re driving in California next week, you might want to be especially careful.  

Turns out that more Californians crash their cars on December 15 than any other day of the year, according to an Allstate Insurance Company review of its California auto insurance claims over the past four years.  How much more?  Well, the number of accident claims on December 15 jumps 23%, compared to the daily average during the rest of the year. 

“This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping, travel or other distractions,” says Robert Feldman, Allstate agency owner in metro Los Angeles. “What’s important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway—on December 15 and every day of the year.” 

Crunching the numbers on its California car accident claims, Allstate found that the daily average number involving its policyholders during the past four years is 435. On December 15 that number jumps to 539.  The fourth worst day of the year is just three days later, on December 18, when the average number of claims is 523. 

According to Allstate, the top five days for collision claims in California are: 

  • December 15
  • February 14
  • October 13
  • December 18
  • September 5