Apr 16

Car Accidents Increase on Tax Day, Really?

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Can paying taxes really cause car accidents? According to a study, the answer is yes.

Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that deadly automobile accidents increase on Tax Day. After looking at 30 years, researchers found that there were 6,783 traffic-related deaths on Tax Day, or 226 per day. That is higher than the 213 per day on one day a week before the deadline day and another day a week after. That is 6 percent higher than on other April days.

Why? Drivers recklessly racing to the post office to meet the deadline might be one reason. Also, it could be that stressing over taxes distracts motorists and contributes to human error, researchers said.

So, pay your taxes, but drive safely doing so and watch out for those who may be in too big of a rush or distracted. Also, stay away from post offices if you can.


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