Everyone knows that Tax Day is stressful. With the exception of tax professionals, there are not many people who can really say they understand the tax code. But that does not mean that Long Island drivers who are out today should be thinking about their taxes instead of paying attention to the road. When Nassau County drivers are distracted by stress, they are more apt to cause a crash, and anyone injured in a car accident can speak to an attorney about seeking compensation for someone's careless driving.
Long Island drivers should be careful on the road today. A new study indicates that the stress of Tax Day has caused an increase in serious and fatal accidents. One of the biggest factors in these accidents appears to be the increase in drivers' stress levels. Whether it is anxiety stemming from getting one's tax return mailed and filed on time or the stress of finishing up some last minute tax documents, drivers seem to be paying less attention to the road on Tax Day.
The study has collected data and it shows that over the span of 30 different Tax Days, there have been 6,783 traffic-related fatalities. The data also indicates that pedestrians and passengers are slightly more likely to die from a Tax Day crash than a driver, but by a relatively small margin.
What is unclear, however, is how the move to electronic filing will affect these accidents. The study's lead author doesn't think that it will really reduce the number of traffic fatalities, however, because some of the inherent stress in doing one's taxes is using the complicated American tax code. Also, electronic filing makes last-minute filing easy, which can produce untold amounts of anxiety.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Deadly Car Crashes Spike By 6 Percent On Tax Day: Study," Lindsey Tanner, April 10, 2012