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Media FAQ

Aren’t crashes/collisions just “accidents”?

No. The violence and resulting injury and deaths from crashes are not random acts; they are the result of dangerous street designs and/or dangerous traffic behaviors. Most importantly, they are predictable and preventable.

Isn’t the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities for people walking in San Francisco normal/typical?

Well, no. In San Francisco, on average, three people per day are hit by cars while walking, more than any other city in the state. Yes, many people walk here, but that doesn’t mean that more people should be injured. Over 50% of the people killed in traffic crashes in the city are pedestrians (even though only 20% of the trips taken in the city are by foot); the national average for pedestrians killed in traffic violence is only 14%.

What is the average number of people walking seriously injured or killed in San Francisco annually?

Nearly 100 people are seriously injured, and approximately 20 people are killed annually in traffic violence.

Isn’t everyone responsible and equally to blame in a collision?

No. Viewing crashes as a matter of individual accountability ignores the inequity on city streets between people who are driving, bicycling or walking, in particular for children, seniors, and people with disabilities who are most vulnerable. Regardless of who may be most at blame in a crash, mistakes should not have fatal consequences — when we know how to prevent them.

Is distraction the leading cause of traffic crashes?

Distracted driving is very dangerous. But the leading illegal traffic behaviors that lead to injury or death are 1) speeding; 2) failing to stop at red lights/stop signs; 3) improper turns; and 4) not yielding to pedestrians.

How can the City fix all of its streets to end preventable crashes?

Just 13% of San Francisco streets account for over 75% of all crashes (involving motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians). If the City makes targeted fixes along 18 miles of these dangerous streets per year, it will meet its Vision Zero goal of ending all serious and fatal traffic-related injuries by 2024.

What other cities have adopted a Vision Zero goal to end all preventable crashes?

Over 30 cities in the United States have adopted Vision Zero goals to redesign their streets to calm traffic and protect road users: some of the first were Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle. Vision Zero was first adopted by Sweden, which over the past 20 years has successfully reduced traffic deaths to approximately 2.5 per 100,000 residents, about a quarter of the U.S. fatality rate. Other Vision Zero cities outside the U.S. include the U.K.’s Brighton & Hove.

Is there a map of San Francisco’s most dangerous streets?

Yes. To see the most dangerous corridors and intersections, as well as San Francisco’s progress in fixing these streets, visit Vision Zero SF.