Taxing time for drivers in the US!

The stress of tax time may be more than an annual discomfort. According to The Wall Street Journal following newly published research, it could be deadly.

A new study indicates drivers in the U.S. are more prone to fatal crashes on the day of the income-tax deadline than on other days.

The study, conducted by Donald Redelmeier of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and Christopher Yarnell of the University of Toronto, was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Its findings are based on deadline data from the Internal Revenue Service and fatal accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1980 through 2009.

Researchers looked at the number of fatal crashes on each tax deadline day over the 30-year study period and compared those figures with statistics from the same weekday one week earlier and one week later as a control.

Their findings: A total of 19,541 people were involved in fatal crashes during the 30 tax-deadline days and 60 control days. The 30 tax days accounted for 6,783 fatalities, or 226 per day. The control days accounted for 12,758 road deaths, or 213 per day. So the risk of a traffic fatality is 6% higher on tax day.

Possible reasons for the increase include the stress of deadlines increasing the risk of driver distraction and errors. Drivers may also tend to be more sleep-deprived and less patient and courteous in their driving.


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