Motor vehicle fatalities during Memorial Day weekends, 1981-2016

Yuni Tang, Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, Henry Xiang, Motao Zhu

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Objective: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury death in the United States, and Memorial Day weekend is one of six holiday periods with an increased number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. However, few motor vehicle fatality comparisons were made between Memorial Day weekend and non-holiday periods. Our aims were to determine which day(s) during the holiday had highest motor vehicle fatality risk compared to non-holiday travel and to identify potential risk factors. Results: Of 43,457 traffic fatalities studied, 15,292 (35%) occurred during the holiday, with Saturday being deadliest but Monday having highest odds of traffic fatality. Both sexes, all years, age < 65, drivers and passengers, rural and urban, and all regions in the United States were at increased risk during the holiday versus non-holiday periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 3 2020


  • Binomial approximation
  • Fatalities
  • Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
  • Memorial Day
  • Motor vehicle crash

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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