New TFA Study Confirms Walking in San Francisco Can Be Deadly
Walking in San Francisco can be hazardous to your health, according to a recent report by tourism advocacy group Transportation For America. Pedestrians make up 51.9 percent of all traffic related deaths in the City by the Bay, which is four times the national average.
A number of variables may contribute to this trend. First, the city’s topography creates dense traveling conditions for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. With nearly 1000 signaled intersections in a seven-square-mile area, pedestrians and drivers come into contact quite often. The city is also is known for its tourist destinations, such as Union Square, Pier 39, the Metreon and AT&T Park. Pedestrian traffic is quite heavy in these venues, which are home to many shops and restaurants.
Perhaps the most troublesome issue is the egregious disregard for traffic laws. San Francisco has a serious problem with red light violations. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), San Francisco had more accidents resulting in deaths and injuries than any other large city in California, including 736 pedestrian accidents alone. The City saw 634 people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and more than 500 accidents involved vehicles driving above the speed limit.
The red light dilemma has inspired a number of policy changes, including increased fines (now $350) and “red light” cameras that capture images of violators that enter the intersection after the light turns red.
San Francisco is not one of the top ten cities for pedestrian dangers according to Transportation For America (Orlando, Florida tops the list). Nevertheless, pedestrians must be vigilant every time they cross the street. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be eligible for compensation. An experienced attorney can evaluate your claim and explain your rights and options.