Table 2-27: Motor Vehicle Fatal Crashes by Day of Week, Time of Day, and Weather and Light Conditions

Table 2-27: Motor Vehicle Fatal Crashes by Day of Week, Time of Day, and Weather and Light Conditions

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  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
TOTAL Fatal crashes 39,836 36,937 34,942 35,780 36,254 37,241 37,494 37,324 37,107 37,140 37,409
Day of week                      
Sunday 16.1 16.2 15.9 15.8 15.9 15.7 15.2 15.8 15.5 R15.7 16.1
Monday 11.7 11.5 11.6 12.1 12.4 12.4 12.7 12.1 12.4 12.6 12.4
Tuesday 11.5 11.5 11.5 11.8 11.7 11.8 12.4 11.9 12.4 11.9 12.0
Wednesday 11.5 11.9 12.3 12.0 12.3 11.9 12.2 13.0 12.4 12.5 12.2
Thursday 12.5 12.5 13.2 13.0 12.7 13.0 13.3 13.0 13.5 12.9 13.0
Friday 16.6 16.5 16.1 16.3 16.3 16.6 16.1 16.1 15.8 15.9 16.0
Saturday 19.9 19.9 19.3 19.0 18.6 18.5 R18.2 18.0 18.0 18.5 18.5
Unknown 0.02 0.03 0.01 0.02 0.04 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.04 R0.01 0.02
Time of day                      
Midnight to 3 a.m. 15.7 15.3 14.3 13.8 13.1 12.8 12.6 12.2 12.3 12.2 12.5
3 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.7 7.9 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.5 7.4 7.2 7.3 R7.6 8.0
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 8.6 8.6 8.5 8.9 9.3 9.2 9.5 9.9 9.7 10.1 9.9
9 a.m. to noon 8.4 8.6 8.8 9.7 9.6 9.4 9.7 9.9 10.2 R10.1 9.9
Noon to 3 p.m. 11.5 0.0 12.4 12.5 13.1 12.9 12.7 13.3 13.4 13.2 13.1
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 15.6 15.7 16.0 16.0 16.6 16.8 16.9 16.6 16.8 16.8 16.7
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 15.5 15.6 16.5 16.2 15.7 15.9 15.7 15.9 15.6 15.4 15.4
9 p.m. to midnight 15.9 15.8 15.3 14.7 14.3 14.6 14.6 14.1 13.8 13.8 13.7
Unknown 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 R0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 R0.8 0.9
Atmospheric condition                      
Normal 86.7 86.7 85.6 87.0 87.3 R86.7 86.3 86.4 87.2 89.0 87.4
Rain 9.3 9.0 10.0 8.7 8.3 R8.6 8.4 8.8 8.8 7.3 7.0
Snow/sleet 1.6 1.9 2.0 2.2 1.8 2.4 2.7 2.5 1.7 1.6 2.4
Other/unknown 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.1 2.5 R2.3 2.6 2.3 2.3 R2.0 3.2
Light condition                      
Daylight 45.0 45.4 46.0 47.7 49.5 48.7 49.3 50.3 50.5 50.7 50.1
Dark, but lighted 17.7 17.4 17.4 16.4 15.6 R16.0 15.9 15.6 14.9 R15.0 15.9
Dark 32.7 33.0 32.4 31.5 30.3 R30.7 30.3 29.5 30.0 29.7 29.0
Dawn or dusk 4.2 3.9 3.9 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.0
Unknown 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 R0.3 0.4 0.3 R0.4 0.3 0.3 1.0

KEY: R = revised.

SOURCES:

1990-1993: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables 24 and 25.

1994-2000: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) query at http://www.fars.nhtsa.dot.gov as of Oct. 4, 2001.