Study says more fatal crashes happen on tax day

Study says more fatal crashes happen on tax day

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 9:37am

Stressing about paying your taxes could lead to a bigger problem - a car crash.

Researchers in Canada studied the number of fatal car crashes in the US surrounding the annual tax deadline. They found tax days are associated with an increase in deadly wrecks.

On average, thirteen additional people died in a car crash on tax day compared to other days.

They say people may be sleep deprived or not paying as much attention to the road on April 15. However, they could not find a definitive cause for the spike in car crashes around this date.

This year tax day falls on April 17.

The researchers did not find a change in crash rates once electronic submission became an option.

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