Published on Apr 13, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

A Surprising Reason to Get Your Taxes Done Early

tax day car accidents

Every year around April 15th, people all across America rush to the post office to mail off their tax returns. In addition to avoiding the stress that comes from waiting until the last minute, here's another reason to file your taxes early: according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, fatal car accidents actually increase on Tax Day.

Thirty years of data found that on average there were about 226 traffic deaths on Tax Day, which is six percent higher than on other days in April. This equals approximately 13 more deaths than normal. Researchers suspect that this increase may be due to the fact that there are more drivers on the road and that those drivers are taking routes they aren't familiar with. However, a concrete explanation has not been found.

Even though e-filing has become increasingly popular recently, with three-fourths of returns filed electronically, this trend doesn't seem to have decreased Tax Day car accident deaths.

"Study: Deadly auto wrecks increase on Tax Day." CBSNEWS. April 10, 2012.
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