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What California City is Worst for Traffic Accidents? San Francisco

A 2009 traffic accident study by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) revealed San Francisco has more deaths and injuries caused by automobile collisions than any city in California with a population of at least 250,000 residents. San Francisco suffered 3,745 deaths and injuries due to bicycle and motor vehicle accidents in 2009. San Francisco also ranked first for other types of accident according to the OTS. In addition to the overall top ranking, San Francisco also ranked number one for victims killed and injured for accidents involving:

  • Motorcycles: 293
  • Pedestrians (all pedestrians): 736
  • Pedestrians (65 and older): 118
  • Bicyclists: 522

Many of the features that make the Bay Area and San Francisco one of the most desirable places to live also help create the dangerous conditions that lead to the ranking. The scenic hills, the narrow streets, the dense population, the overcrowded street parking, the huge number of restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues, all lead to the congestion, dangerous intersections and mix of pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks that generate accidents. A frequent complaint is also the constant violation of basic traffic safety laws. The speeding, running of red lights, bicycles making illegal turns, motorcycles riding along the curb all contributes to the increased chance of death or injury.

More Traffic Laws?

While many might expect this type of report to cause San Francisco to push for additional laws to increase the punishment for traffic violations, local municipalities soon won’t be able to, due to new legislation that goes into effect in July of 2011.

After July, local authorities may not enact or enforce a local ordinance on any matter covered by the California Vehicle Code. This is in an effort to ensure that traffic convictions are recorded by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and to achieve uniform enforcement of traffic laws across the state.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in the San Francisco Bay Area in a motor vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle accident, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help determine if you have a viable case for compensation for your injuries.

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