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Eddie Farah Shares that Death and Taxes Tend to Converge on Tax Filing Day

Posted on April 16, 2012

If you believe that taxes are killing you, you might not be too far off the mark.

Personal injury attorney Eddie Farah points to a study conducted by the Sunnybrook Research Institute of Toronto just published in the Journal of American Medicine that discusses how the number of fatal car crashes rises on the deadline day for filing federal taxes. The Canadian group compiled 30 years of statistics on deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. on tax filing day and compared them with a day during the week prior and a week later. What they found was the crash fatality rate rose 6 percent on average on tax filing day.

Even when the higher rate of Americans now filing taxes electronically was taken into account, it didn’t put a dent in the higher percentage of Tax Day crash fatalities. The lead researcher for the study told Bloomberg News, “An increase of this magnitude is about the same as what we observe on Super Bowl Sunday, a time notorious in the U.S. for drinking and driving.”

The researcher stated that the findings suggest that less tolerance for other drivers, alcohol use, lack of sleep, and stress can all be contributing factors for increased road deaths on tax deadline day.

He went on to say that the study corroborates what people have speculated for a long time. “Our research suggests that stressful deadlines can contribute to driver error that can contribute to fatal crashes,” he stated.

Don’t Be a Distracted Driver

Orlando car crash lawyer Eddie Farah urges everybody to slow down, take a breath, and get through Tax Day, and every day, alive and well. Distracted driving, whether it is from cell phone use or from tax deadline stress, can have serious and potentially deadly consequences.