Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

QuickStats: Average Number of Deaths from Motor Vehicle Injuries, Suicide, and Homicide,* by Day of the Week — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015


The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2015, an average of 103 motor vehicle injury deaths, 121 suicides, and 49 homicides occurred each day. Motor vehicle injury deaths were more likely to occur on Saturdays and Sundays and least likely to occur on Tuesdays. The highest number of suicides occurred on Mondays and Tuesdays and the lowest on Saturdays. Homicides peaked on Sundays, followed by Saturdays; homicides were less likely to occur on weekdays.

* International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes V02-V04,V09.0,V09.2,V12-V14,V19.0-V19.2,V19.4-V19.6,V20-V79,V80.3-V80.5,V81.0-V81.1,V82.0-V82.1,V83-V86,V87.0-V87.8,V88.0-V88.8,V89.0,V89.2 were selected from underlying causes of death for motor vehicle injuries, U03,X60-X84,Y87.0 for suicide, and U01-U02,X85-Y09,Y87.1 for homicide.

In 2015, an average of 103 motor vehicle injury deaths, 121 suicides, and 49 homicides occurred each day. Motor vehicle injury deaths were more likely to occur on Saturdays and Sundays and least likely to occur on Tuesdays. The highest number of suicides occurred on Mondays and Tuesdays and the lowest on Saturdays. Homicides peaked on Sundays, followed by Saturdays; homicides were less likely to occur on weekdays.
Source: National Vital Statistics System. Mortality public use data file, 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/vitalstatsonline.htm.


Reported by: Jiaquan Xu, MD, jiaquanxu@cdc.gov, 301-458-4086.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Average Number of Deaths from Motor Vehicle Injuries, Suicide, and Homicide, by Day of the Week — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:592. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6622a5.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/injury.

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All HTML versions of MMWR articles are generated from final proofs through an automated process. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables.

Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

TOP