Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in San Diego, jumping nearly 20 percent between 2011 and
2012. With the goal of developing policies to reduce collisions, the city
recently conducted a comprehensive pedestrian safety study.
Researchers examined 2,283 pedestrian collisions that occurred in the City
of San Diego between 2008 and 2012. The data reveal several interesting
trends about where, how, and why accidents occur.
Below are several key findings of the
Location: Approximately 40 percent of all pedestrian collisions occurred at signalized
intersections. An estimated 37 percent took place at mid-block locations,
21 percent at non-signalized locations, and 3 percent at driveways or alleys.
Population density: Accidents were more common in denser areas of the city. In fact, the
highest density census blocks experienced pedestrian collision rates nearly
20 times higher than the lowest density census blocks (30.6 versus 1.5
collisions per square mile).
Road type: A comparable percentage of pedestrian collisions occurred along roadways
categorized as “fast & many lanes” as compared with roadways
defined as “slow and few lanes.” Roads with speeds limits
over 35 mph were considered “fast,” while roadways with 4
or more travel lanes were defined as “many lanes.”
Fault: Of the total number of accidents, 48 percent were deemed to be the driver’s
fault, while about 33 percent were the pedestrian’s fault. Fault
could not be assigned to about 20 percent of the crashes.
Cause: Approximately 63.8 percent of accidents where the driver is at fault
were caused by improper turns. More than 48 percent of pedestrian-at-fault
crashes were caused by the pedestrians attempting to improperly cross
at mid-block locations.
Age of victim: The three age groups between 10 and 24 experienced the highest pedestrian
collision rate (over 40 collisions per 100,000 persons).