AMA Study: Fatal Car Wrecks More Likely on Tax Filing Day

April 11, 2012

From CNN:

The odds of getting into a fatal crash increase by 6% on tax filing day, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.[…]

The study focused on the 6,783 people who died in car crashes in the U.S. over the last 30 years on April 15, compared to the week preceding tax day and the week that comes after. The results found a nationwide average increase of 13 fatalities on tax day, which is a 6% increase. This year, taxes are due on April 17.[…]

Surprisingly, the emergence of electronic filing in recent years has not curbed the number of fatal crashes, he said, possibly because it gives taxpayers the impression that they can wait until the last minute.


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