We all know the bit about the certainty of death and taxes. While cliche, it’s absolutely true that both are darn near impossible to avoid.
We should, however, be able to avoid death and taxes happening on the same day. At least death by car accident.
A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and reported on by Bloomberg, says traffic accidents on and around April 15 have risen an average of 6 percent for each of the last 30 years. More of those accidents resulted in fatalities than on other random days of the year.
Even allowing Americans to file their taxes electronically hasn’t negated the crash trend, lead researcher Donald Redelmeier said. The findings suggest stress, lack of sleep, alcohol use and less tolerance to other drivers on tax deadline day may contribute to an increase in deaths on the road.
Now, I don’t mean to be insensitive here, but come on, people. It’s not like April 15 comes as a surprise to working adults. The date doesn’t just randomly appear in the middle of February and demand that taxes be done immediately. I assume the people who freak out on April 15 are the same ones who, as 5th graders, told their parents during the morning carpool that they had a school science fair project due by 9.
Since the study states the obvious fact that stressful deadlines can lead to driver error, we must make the obvious conclusion that the key to halting tax-day driver deaths is simple:
Dismantle the IRS since it causes traffic accidents.
Or, I suppose the other option is to do your taxes in February. That way, when April rolls around, you can breathe easy and remember to watch closely for traffic hazards. Don’t text while driving, make sure to buckle up, avoid alcohol (unless there’s a taxi and a Metallica concert in your future) and drive defensively as you keep on the lookout for hyped-up, stressed-out, sleep-deprived tax procrastinators.
Your life may depend on it.
Do you become a dangerous driver at tax time? What time of year do you spot the most bad driving?