Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in the Bay Area Since 2010

December 7, 2017 8:00 am · 17 comments

Since 2010 the number of traffic fatalities each year has gone up in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to data from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Last year 455 people died on Bay Area roadways, up from 318 in 2010 and 422 in 2013.

Officials with the commission said the number of fatalities has grown faster than vehicle miles traveled and population growth.

The officials also said that pedestrians and bicyclists are a growing share of the traffic fatalities.

In 2016, 154 or 34 percent of all collisions ended in the death of a pedestrian or bicyclist, up from 95 or 30 percent in 2010.

According to commission officials, improved vehicle safety has reduced fatalities among occupants of vehicles while deaths among non-motorized travelers have gone up.

Injuries from crashes and collisions have also risen since 2010 in the Bay Area. Last year 2,089 injuries occurred on Bay Area roads, up 25 percent from 2010.

George December 7, 2017 at 8:36 AM

These stats never seem to come up when they try to push the bill to keep the bars open until 4:00am or trying to legalize marijuana. It is all about money!

anon December 7, 2017 at 8:38 AM

“The officials also said that pedestrians and bicyclists are a growing share of the traffic fatalities.”

Inattention, wearing headphones, etc. surprise here
they are to stupid to live

ME December 7, 2017 at 9:01 AM

In the past week alone I have seen multiple people driving and smoking weed.
Esp. in grocery store parking lots for some reason. I believe I heard that WA has had increased DUI’s and accidents since legalizing pot–though I could be wrong. Just gotta love that skunk smell wafting around our children. Sorry–just not on board with it. The idea of inhaling smoke of any kind seriously grosses me out, I can’t help it.

RANDOMTASK December 7, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Yeah well the DMV USED TO ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOB AND ONLY PUT PEOPLE WHO CAN DRIVE ON THE ROADS. For 30 Plus years all they do is collect money as several DMV LOCATIONS are well known for passing incompetent drivers just google it not hard to find. This of course has led to increased traffic from incompetent as well as documented fatalities by minors who should not be driveng but since their parents paid all the fees they issue more licenses like candy for spoiled children to abuse and with a 2’ton hazard at their hands and yes children are only the tip of the problem with drivers …as the DMV ISSUES LICENSES TO ANY ADULT WHO PAYS THE FEES ….ask anyone born in the 80’ if it’s a privilege or a right to drive and see what answer you get …..hint it will be liberal and entitled

Strad December 7, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Way more than I would have guessed in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in the Bay Area.

Suzanne December 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM

New technologies give people a false sense of security. Same with big trucks and SUVs. Not to mention people are generally more angry drivers and a lot are just plain IDIOTS!

chuckie the troll December 7, 2017 at 9:43 AM

Too many people, in too much of a hurry, paying too little attention, on roads with too little capacity. This isn’t rocket science.

Brig December 7, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Too many people and not enough freeway space equals people dr8v8ng faster and more recklessly in order to get home. Build new freeways from Brentwood to San Ramon, Alamo to hwy 13/ oak zoo and 24 to 580. Start crisscrossing freeways. Much better use of the land.

Dawg December 7, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Fatalities have gone up since 2010.
Smart phone use has gone up since 2010.
Not surprised at all.

ME December 7, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Oh @1 that’s also very, very true.
Weekly I’ll have people either walk out in front of my bumper or into the side of my car while I’m at an intersection, or even while in motion. Head down, looking at phone, ear buds in. I actually did have a pedestrian walk full on into the side of my car one day while I was stopped. His face turned bright red! Another time I saw a woman walk down the middle of the road totally unaware of where she was –but she was fully focused on that damn phone.

Dorothy December 7, 2017 at 10:59 AM

At least they are not calling them “accidents.” I agree with Dawg and Me. People just won’t stop with the cell phones.

Gary December 7, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Can people out walking their dogs (or just walking) when it is dark please wear bright clothes and something that illuminates them and/or their dogs. I drive 25 mph in my neighborhood, but it is nearly impossible to see you if you have on dark clothes in the morning. Thank you.
And the little flashlight some carry helps but bringht clothing and some kind of reflective material might save you from an accident.

KAD December 7, 2017 at 11:20 AM

This problem is not always the driver’s fault. I can’t believe the number of people that insist upon walking behind a moving vehicle while it is backing out of a parking space. Not all cars have back up cameras.

Simonpure December 7, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Dawg nailed it.

PO'd December 7, 2017 at 12:43 PM

How many of the stats are from SF? Muni vs cars vs bicyclists vs pedstrians.
It’s a real war. Add distracted drivers, and it is a good definition of insanity.
It’s bad enough in the East Bay.

Concord Mike December 7, 2017 at 2:54 PM

True story. My wife and I were driving westbound down Treat Blvd past Oak Grove Road. Motorcyclist in front of us was weaving in his lane. The guy had both hands on his cell phone texting.

djm December 11, 2017 at 9:21 PM

my mother taught me to look both ways before dteping off a curb. if pedestrians took their face outta their phone and looked before stepping off the curb the stats wouldnt be rising

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