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Number of Pedestrian Deaths in San Francisco on Pace to Exceed Last Year’s Total

By Kelly Balamuth on August 15, 2012

According to a BayCitizen.org news report, the number of pedestrians killed this year in San Francisco is on pace to surpass the death toll from the previous two years despite the city’s attempt to improve pedestrian safety. The San Francisco Police Department reports that there have been 10 pedestrian fatalities this year alone, which is high considering the total number in the last two years; specifically, there were 17 deaths in 2011 and 15 in 2010. San Francisco has averaged 17 pedestrian fatalities per year since 2008. For the past two years, there have been more than 800 pedestrian collisions each year.

SF Pedestrian Car CollisionThough complete data is not available yet as to who is responsible for this year’s pedestrian fatalities, reports indicate a majority of this year’s fatalities occurred as a result of collisions between pedestrians and vehicles. In 2010, the previous mayor of San Francisco issued an executive order setting goals to reduce pedestrian-related deaths and injuries, including lowering speed limits in various parts of the city. However, pedestrian advocates say the “renewed attention has not resulted in enough action.”

A department of health epidemiologist states the impact of the changes has yet to be seen because a number of the city’s coordinated efforts began at the start of this year. She also adds that the injuries to pedestrians cost the public $15 million and accounts for a quarter of the trauma injuries treated at San Francisco General Hospital, stressing that this is a “real public health issue.”

The San Francisco metropolitan area had a higher rate of pedestrian fatalities than 24 other major metro regions, including Seattle, Chicago, and Boston. However, San Francisco was still ranked as the 12th safest region for pedestrians among the 52 metro areas in the nation with more than 1 million residents.

Although these pedestrian accident statistics are alarming, both pedestrians and motorists can do their part to prevent a dangerous accident by being alert and distraction free. The negligence of another party, however, may still cause a dangerous collision to occur. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you deserve proper legal representation to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact a skilled San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney at Balamuth Law for help. We can be reached by calling (888) 254-1234.

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