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Tax day means an increased risk of crashes for Maryland drivers

Marylanders may find this bit of tax day information interesting: on tax day, the statistical likelihood of involvement in an auto accident goes up approximately 6 percent. Researchers have found that the elevated tax day motor vehicle accidents vary regionally, but young males in rural areas are most affected by the increase.

It may come as a surprise, but there are many days that come with an increased accident risk. For instance, the researchers also found that the elevated risk on tax day closely matches the likelihood of an accident on Super Bowl Sunday.

There are multiple suggestions as to what could cause this grim statistic: stress, increased alcohol consumption, unusual driving routes or maybe even lack of sleep. Any of these may result in driver negligence and could potentially cause an accident.

The ways to avoid getting in an accident on tax day are the same that drivers utilize on a daily basis: follow the laws of the road and take precautions to keep yourself safe. The stress associated with tax day could potentially cause reckless behavior in some drivers. So, if you are driving on tax day, take extra precautions and watch the behavior of other drivers carefully. Do your best to take note of any erratic driving and steer clear of the vehicle. However, taking precautions does not always prevent accidents from occurring.

When car crashes happen, they can cause serious injuries. For those involved in a crash caused by the negligence of another driver, taking legal action could lead to compensation for any potential medical costs or pain and suffering.

Source: Forbes, "Death and Taxes: Fatal Road Crashes Increase on Tax Day," Kelly Phillips Erb, April 11, 2012

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