San Francisco Car Violence
San Francisco
Car Violence

In 2014, San Francisco instituted a Vision Zero program committing the city to zero traffic related fatalities by 2024. Since San Francisco's Vision Zero program went into effect 10 years ago, 307 people have been killed by traffic violence on its streets and 2,366 have been seriously injured by impatient and distracted drivers. According to data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, a driver crashes their car AND injures someone in San Francisco approximately every 2.90 hours. That is more than seven times per day, every single day and yet the majority of San Francisco's elected officials refuse to take this public health crisis seriously or even acknowledge when a pedestrian is killed in their district. As San Francisco continues to lose approximately 30 people to traffic violence annually, it is clear that after 10 years its Vision Zero program has failed, despite the city pouring millions of dollars into it.

This project tracks every motor vehicle crash on San Francisco's streets, attempts to identify the victims, analyzes the circumstances surrounding each crash and will soon provide data-backed guidance that will help San Francisco and the SFMTA achieve Vision Zero if they choose to embrace it. We are also actively researching the political response to every fatality on our streets (or lack thereof), promises made to improve safety at a crash site and what each politician has actually done. The goal of this project is to inform you, the voters of San Francisco, of the ongoing violence on our streets, help our elected officials address it and hold them accountable for delays and inaction. San Francisco can achieve Vision Zero but that will only happen if we work together and demand that our elected officials take immediate and aggressive action to slow our streets and prioritize the safety of our most vulnerable road users over the expediency of cars.

Traffic Fatalities Citywide

Since San Francisco adopted its Vision Zero program in 2014, 307 people have been killed by traffic violence on its streets. That equates to a traffic related fatality every 12.19 days. The most recent fatality was on March 30th which was 2 Months Ago. San Francisco was due to experience its next traffic related fatality on April 10th which was 41 days ago. As of today, May 21st, there have been 12 traffic related fatalities so far this year. San Francisco currently averages about 30 fatalities per year and the second chart shows the city's current running average which is calculated by dividing the number of days since the beginning of the year for each fatality by the number of fatalites recorded by that date, divided by 365. As times passes without a fatality, the running average will decrease and conversely rise when someone is killed.

Fatalities Over Time
Fatalities This Year
Traffic Injuries By District

The following two charts breakdown injuries by supervisor district. Fatality data was sourced from here and here. Crash data is released by the San Francisco Department of Public Health on a quarterly basis. 2024 Q1 data (January - March) is expected to be released in May and will be included here as soon as it's available.

Fatalities By District (2014 - PRESENT)
Injuries By District Over Time (2014 - 2023)
Injuries By Elected Office

We believe that safe streets and healthy cities are political decisions. To achieve Vision Zero, we must track and hold our elected officials accountable to everything they say, do and don't do. The following breaks out injuries within each supervisor district and across the city since each elected official has taken office. The first step to achieving Vision Zero is to publicly acknowledge every fatality on our streets. The second is to take immediate action. With few exceptions, the majority of San Francisco's supervisors have failed to publicly acknowledge when someone was killed in their district which is simply unacceptable. Our next step is to research the political response to every fatality since 2014, SFMTA's "rapid response" at the crash site and what, if anything, has changed to make the crash site safer. This work will require a significant amount of time to "sunshine" the city by submitting FOIA requests for public records before we can analyze and socialize that data. If you value that research as much as we do, please support our work.

Dean Preston
Supervisior – District 5
12/16/2019 – 2025
Total Injuries
1,546
Injury Every
1.20 days
997
Mild
406
Moderate
124
Severe
19
Fatal
London Breed
Mayor – San Francisco
07/11/2018 – 2025
Total Injuries
19,663
Injury Every
2.90 hours
12,820
Mild
5,042
Moderate
1,614
Severe
187
Fatal
Connie Chan
Supervisior – District 1
01/08/2021 – 2025
Total Injuries
601
Injury Every
2.43 days
393
Mild
157
Moderate
47
Severe
4
Fatal
Catherine Stefani
Supervisior – District 2
01/30/2018 – 2027
Total Injuries
1,574
Injury Every
2.07 days
976
Mild
437
Moderate
147
Severe
14
Fatal
Aaron Peskin
Supervisior – District 3
06/09/2015 – 2025
Total Injuries
3,204
Injury Every
1.09 days
1,961
Mild
898
Moderate
319
Severe
26
Fatal
Myrna Melgar
Supervisior – District 7
01/08/2021 – 2025
Total Injuries
628
Injury Every
2.33 days
395
Mild
173
Moderate
48
Severe
12
Fatal
Rafael Mandelman
Supervisior – District 8
07/11/2018 – 2027
Total Injuries
1,349
Injury Every
2.30 days
826
Mild
386
Moderate
129
Severe
8
Fatal
Hillary Ronen
Supervisior – District 9
01/08/2017 – 2025
Total Injuries
3,279
Injury Every
21.39 hours
2,192
Mild
828
Moderate
229
Severe
30
Fatal
Shamann Walton
Supervisior – District 10
01/08/2019 – 2027
Total Injuries
1,998
Injury Every
1.46 days
1,402
Mild
404
Moderate
169
Severe
23
Fatal
Ahsha Safaí
Supervisior – District 11
01/08/2017 – 2025
Total Injuries
1,855
Injury Every
1.58 days
1,305
Mild
401
Moderate
137
Severe
12
Fatal
Matt Dorsey
Supervisior – District 6
05/09/2022 – 2027
Total Injuries
931
Injury Every
1.83 days
593
Mild
249
Moderate
78
Severe
11
Fatal
Joel Engardio
Supervisior – District 4
01/08/2023 – 2027
Total Injuries
129
Injury Every
11.33 days
85
Mild
38
Moderate
5
Severe
1
Fatal
Demographics

Gender

Male
Female
Unknown

Age

Under 18
18-40
40-65
Over 65
Transit Mode & Time of Day

Transit Mode

Pedestrians
Bicyclists
Scooterists
Motorcyclists
Vehicle Passengers

Time of Day

12AM-6AM
6AM-12PM
12PM-6PM
6pm-12AM
Sources

This project took over two months to research, design and assemble. The following resources guided our research and we thank the authors for their work.