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Tax Day is the Most Fatal Day for Auto Accidents

April 13, 2012 by The Sawaya Law Firm

Your finances are likely on the forefront of your mind right now, between the end of tax season, unemployment rates, and all the political mumbo jumbo flooding radios and televisions. But who would have thought one of the most fatal days for car crashes lands on the last day of tax season each year, which is April 17, 2012. A study by Dr. Donald Redelmeier showed that this single day costs society $40 million annually because of auto accidents.

A study on the correlation between fatal auto accidents and Tax Day was conducted by Dr. Donald A Redelmeier, University of Toronto, and his colleagues. These professors retrieved IRS data on every Tax Day from 1980 – 2009, and compared data with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dr. Redelmeier and colleagues discovered astonishing information that might make one think twice about driving next Tuesday, April 17th.

  • In the past 30 Tax Days more than 19,500 people have died in car crashes, in comparison of 13,000 people on control days studied.
  • About 226 people every year on Tax Day die in a fatal auto accident.
  • An additional 13 people die on Tax Day verse other days in the year.
  • The traffic death rate on Tax Day is 6% higher than on other April days.

Why might this be?

Dr. Stewart Lipner, director of psychological services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. has heard many patients describe the stress around tax season, which causes them stress and sleepless nights. Although Dr. Lipner doesn’t believe that filling taxes will lead to more accidents as discussed in this study.

It also doesn’t help the auto accident rate on Tax Day that spring is known to be a tough season for people; because there is more pressure to come out of the winter “isolation.” These mental strains could play a part in auto accidents because people are less aware of their surroundings.

If you are stressed about taxes, make sure to try some of these techniques to reduce your stress and possibly avoid a fatal car crash:

  • Prepare tax information at the beginning of the year so you aren’t stressed at the last moment.
  • Take 10 deep breaths before you get in your car to drive to refocus your mid at the task at hand.
  • Exercise, if you are feeling overwhelmed to for a run or try yoga!
  • Laugh! Watch a funny movie or go see a comedian, or play a game with friends.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake and make sure you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep.

What are your stress relief tools?

Please drive safely this Tax Day! If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, please call us for a free consultation. The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.

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