Fatal Car Accidents are more likely to occur on Tax Day, according to The Blaze.
Researchers from the University of Toronto analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the car accident death rate was six percent higher on Tax Day—Traditionally April 15th— compared with other days during April. Over a 30 year span, 6,783 car accident-related deaths occurred on Tax Days.
More motorists on the road and drivers veering off their regular routes may also make Tax Day riskier for drivers, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader suggests.
The Blaze suggests that the increase in car accidents on Tax Day may be due to people driving recklessly to the post office to meet the deadline, or distracted driving caused by stress.
Dr. Mark Nunnally, an associate professor at the University of Chicago who studies patient safety told The Blaze that an increase in accidents caused by distracted drivers stressed about the tax deadline makes sense, but it is only speculation and the reasons for the increase are unknown.
Tax Day is April 15th, but the entire month is dedicated to distracted driving awareness. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Anapol Schwartz presented the dangerous repercussions of distracted driving and safer driving habits to local high school students. Larry Cohan accompanied fellow shareholder an EndDD.org founder Joel Feldman to Roman Catholic High School for boys in Philadelphia, while Greg Spizer joined Feldman at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore.