Over the past few years San Francisco, California has risen in the rankings in traffic statistics, but not in a good way.
In 2009, based on the average number of miles driven within the city, San Francisco had more vehicular collisions that resulted in death or injury than other California cities with more than 250,000 residents. The city was ranked third in 2008 and fourth in both 2006 and 2007.
A little good news? The city ranks seventh when the calculation is based solely on population.
According to the Office of Traffic Safety, 4.9 million miles were driven in San Francisco in 2009. This includes both residents and non-residents and actually adds up to fewer miles than cities such as San Jose (8.3 million miles) and Sacramento (5.1 million miles).
Unfortunately, San Francisco takes the top spot in those killed or hurt in bicycle, motorcycle or pedestrian accidents based on miles or population. For example, the stats show that in 2009, nearly 4000 people were injured or killed in San Francisco traffic accidents which included nearly 750 pedestrians, nearly 300 motorcyclists and over 500 bicyclists.
Although the reasons for these statistics is not clear, perhaps it is due to the rise in distracted driving or because there are more vehicles coming into the city to work and play. Regardless, it is a statistic that the California Injury Attorney blog hopes will decline in the future.
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The San Francisco, California law firm of Hersh & Hersh represents victims of car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that cause death or injury. If you, or a loved one, has been injured in a traffic accident, we will evaluate your case at no charge and you will speak directly with a lawyer in our office. We are highly respected personal injury lawyers with a reputation for excellence and compassion in our representation for victims and their families.