Tax day is upon us and according to a recent study done by the University of Toronto, deaths from traffic accidents around April 15 rose 6% on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later.
The study also found that even though taxpayers can file their taxes electronically, it did not negate the accident tendencies. Professor Donald Redelmeier, the lead researcher, suggested that factors like stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, low tolerance for other drivers can contribute to fatal drivers.
April 15th: Stress Can Cause Fatal Car Accidents
Professor Redelmeier stated that “Our research suggests that stressful deadlines can contribute to driver error that can contribute to fatal crashes…People have, for a long time, speculated that psychological stress may contribute to real world crashes, but this is the first study to pint that down.”
So, drive carefully on tax day and look out for other drivers making errors on the road caused by the stress from filing their taxes. If you become the victim of a stressed out driver, our Sacramento auto accident attorneys can help you.
Source: Business Week, “Fatal Crashes Mount on IRS Filing Day”