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 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
TOTAL fatal crashes 39,836 37,241 37,494 37,324 37,107 37,140 37,526 (R) 37,862 (R) 38,491 38,252
Day of week                    
Sunday 16.1 15.7 15.2 15.8 15.5 15.7 16.1 16.0 15.9 16.0
Monday 11.7 12.4 12.7 12.1 12.4 12.6 12.3 12.6 12.2 12.3
Tuesday 11.5 11.8 12.4 11.9 12.4 11.9 12.0 12.1 (R) 12.4 12.2
Wednesday 11.5 11.9 12.2 13.0 12.4 12.5 12.2 12.2 12.6 12.6
Thursday 12.6 13.0 13.3 13.0 13.5 12.9 13.0 12.7 12.8 12.8
Friday 16.7 16.6 16.1 16.1 15.8 15.9 16.0 16.2 15.8 15.6
Saturday 20.0 18.5 18.2 18.0 18.0 18.5 18.5 18.2 (R) 18.2 18.4
Unknown 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.04 0.01 0.01 0.04 (R) 0.02 0.05
Time of day                    
Midnight to 3 a.m. 15.7 12.8 12.6 12.2 12.3 12.2 12.5 12.5 13.1 12.5
3 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.7 7.5 7.4 7.2 7.3 7.6 8.0 7.6 8.1 7.8
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 8.6 9.2 9.5 9.9 9.7 10.1 9.9 9.8 9.7 9.7
9 a.m. to noon 8.5 9.4 9.7 9.9 10.2 10.1 9.9 10.0 9.7 9.8
Noon to 3 p.m. 11.6 12.9 12.7 13.3 13.4 13.2 13.1 13.2 13.1 13.1
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 15.7 16.8 16.9 16.6 16.8 16.8 16.7 16.6 16.0 16.7
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 15.6 15.9 15.7 15.9 15.6 15.4 15.3 15.4 15.4 15.4
9 p.m. to midnight 15.9 14.6 14.6 14.1 13.8 13.8 13.7 14.1 14.1 14.0
Unknown 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 1.0
Atmospheric condition                    
Normal 86.7 86.7 86.3 86.4 87.2 89.0 88.0 (R) 88.4 (R) 88.0 86.8
Rain 9.3 8.6 8.4 8.8 8.8 7.3 7.1 7.5 7.8 7.7
Snow/sleet 1.6 2.4 2.7 2.5 1.7 1.6 2.3 1.8 1.9 2.2
Other/unknown 2.3 2.3 2.6 2.3 2.3 2.0 2.6 (R) 2.3 (R) 2.2 2.7
Light condition                    
Daylight 45.0 48.7 49.3 50.3 50.5 50.7 50.5 (R) 50.8 (R) 49.2 49.9
Dark, but lighted 17.7 16.0 15.9 15.6 14.9 15.0 15.9 (R) 15.7 (R) 16.1 15.5
Dark 32.7 30.7 30.3 29.5 30.0 29.7 29.2 29.0 (R) 30.2 29.6
Dawn or dusk 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 (R) 4.0 3.9
Unknown 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 (R) 0.3 (R) 0.4 (R) 0.5 0.5

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-based encyclopedia, Internet site http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of Oct. 15, 2004.