On average, deaths from traffic accidents during the last days to file taxes before the IRS tax deadline has increased by 6 percent compared to days during the week before and after April 15, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"An increase of risk in 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 lead researcher for the study and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, Donald Redelmeier, told Bloomberg. "Our research suggests that stressful deadlines can contribute to driver error that can contribute to fatal crashes."
The ability to electronically file taxes hasn't slowed the trend. Stress, sleep deprivation, alcohol consumption and decreased tolerance for other drivers might account for the increase of accidents, Redelmeier told Bloomberg.
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