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Nothing is certain but death and taxes. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which consisted of researcher Dr. Donald Redelmeier and colleague Christopher Yanell of the University of Toronto comparing the number of fatalities during each tax deadline day to the number of fatalities occurring on regular days. The statistics show that the number of fatal crashes taking place during tax deadline day was 6 percent higher than the control days.
Dr. Redelmeier says, “Tax Day is one of the few opportunities to study societal stress on a widespread basis because it’s synchronized and it’s recurrent throughout an enormously large community.”
A total of 19,541 individuals were killed in crashes during the 30 tax days and 60 control days. Sorting the numbers, Redelmeier’s study revealed that the 30 tax days accounted for 6,783 deaths, or an average of 226 fatalities per day. In comparison, the 60 control days accounted for 12,758 deaths, averaging 213 fatalities a day. Spread over 3 decades, fatalities on tax deadline day account for an additional 404 fatalities.
The Click It or Ticket seatbelt safety campaign is in full force, and this summer, the focus of law enforcement officers will be on night time drivers who fail to buckle up. That’s right – justice never sleeps!
One of the most successful highway safety campaigns in U.S. history, the Click It or Ticket message this year is that seat belts need to be worn at night as well as during the day. The reasoning behind the added twist is based on data that shows that drivers are less likely to wear seat belts after dark because it’s more difficult for police to spot whether or not they’ve buckled up. There are numbers to back this up – in 2008, 64 percent of the people killed in accidents after 6 p.m. were not wearing their seat belts. Compare that to 48 percent of drivers not wearing a seat belt that died in daytime accidents.
Other interesting stats to note, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows that 38 people not wearing seat belts die in car crashes daily, and the highest rate of unbelted death are among young men and pickup truck drivers.
Use of seat belts in cars gained popularity in the 1960s, about a decade after studies debunked the popular belief that most car-accident fatalities were caused by the accordion-like collapse of their cars. It took several more years before seatbelts became optional items in most cars and even longer before they were mandatory. Even though wearing them was the law, it didn’t mean that drivers used them. By 1980, 11 percent of Americans used them. Compare that to 84 percent of drivers who use them today.
[Source: Kicking Tires]
We all know the dangers associated with driving a vehicle, but that doesn’t mean we’re ever going to give them up. But have you ever stopped to really think about the numbers behind the car accidents and what they really add up to or are you afraid they may just scare you off the road? Thanks to AutoInsurance, car accident stats can be digested in the form of an informative and easy to read infographic.
It’s kind of a sobering thought that one-third of all accidental deaths in the U.S. per year involve cars, even with all of the improvements car manufacturers have made to protect us if an accident should occur. Did you know that someone in the U.S. dies in a car accident every 15 minutes? You’ll find this stat and others like it below in the infographic after the jump: