Are there more fatal car crashes on Tax Day?

On behalf of Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova posted in fatal motor vehicle accidentson Monday, April 16, 2012

Tax season is stressful for many. Tax Day, which is April 17 this year, can certainly be a source of anxiety. In fact, a recent study suggests that there is a spike of fatal car accidents on the day taxes are due.

The study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has some interesting statistics. Over a 30-year-period from 1980 to 2009, there were 6,783 traffic deaths on Tax Day. That’s an average of 226 per day, compared with an average of 213 per day on random days the weeks prior to and after Tax Day. In addition, with the spike in accidents, drivers were slightly less likely than pedestrians or passengers to die in such crashes.