It’s no secret that the Bay Area has a lot of hazardous roads. Do these factors make driving in the Bay Area more dangerous? To find out, let’s look at some Bay Area accident stats to see how our crashes compare to those in other parts of the country. After all, the better we understand these statistics, the better equipped we are to prevent crashes before they happen.
The good news is that the Bay Area has the fifth lowest rate of traffic fatalities among major United States metro areas. That said, there are still some concerning numbers. The following numbers from Vital Signs show 2016’s crash numbers for the Bay Area.
More than 33,000 fatalities and injuries reported in Bay Area accidents
43% increase in the number of fatal accidents from 2010 to 2016
62% of fatalities involved pedestrians and bicyclists
455 deaths in auto accidents in 2016 (1.25 per day)
The most alarming thing about these numbers is that Bay Area accident fatalities have gone up year after year. Even worse is that the victims are often pedestrians and cyclists. Injuries from these crashes tend to be much more severe. In a pedestrian accident, even going just 5 MPH faster can mean the difference between a broken bone and a fatal crash.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries due to a driver’s negligence, we are here for you. Our attorneys make it our top priority to safeguard your options and pursue justice for your injuries.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, we’re proud to help those in need. Our Walnut Creek car accident lawyers commit ourselves to helping you pursue justice and the compensation you need to move forward.
Call our firm today at (925) 275-5592 for a free consultation to evaluate your options.