Pedestrian, Bicycle Auto Injury
Vision Zero San Diego
Vision Zero originated in Stockholm Sweden. Cities across the world have adopted the goals of this this idea, and now Congressmen Blumenauer Buchanan have introduced The Vision Zero Act to end transportation-related fatalities. H.R. 1274 legislation in the U.S. House aims to provide funding for this zero traffic fatalitiy goal and to help local governments. Communities across the country are recognizing that there is only one number of acceptable deaths on our streets: zero.
"Vision Zero" is the goal of eliminating all transportation-related fatalities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists and passengers.
There is a strong need for safer communities:
- Being struck by a motor vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14.
- Being struck by a motor vehicle is the second leading cause of injury-related death for seniors.
- A person hit by a car while crossing the street has a 5% chance of death if the car is going 20 mph. If the car is going 40 mph, chance of death is 70%.
- Lower-income neighborhoods have much higher pedestrian fatality rates than higher-income areas.
- Fatalities on our roadways have declined overall, but the number of pedestrians killed annually rose 16% from 2009 to 2014.
AAA Federal Affairs Director Avery Ash, "Recent findings from the annual AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Culture index indicate that more than five in six drivers support their state adopting a vision to reduce the number of people killed in crashes to zero – this legislation is a step in the right direction.
- On average, 1,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are hit and seriously injured each year in San Diego.
- Pedestrian collisions increased 20% in 2012 and fatalities almost doubled – these numbers have not decreased.*City of San Diego Comprehensive Pedestrian Collision Analysis, April 2014, Transportation and Stormwater Division
- Vehicle collisions with bicyclists and pedestrians happen on the same corridors in San Diego.
- Residents living in neighborhoods where more people walk - Downtown, Southeastern and City Heights – are hardest hit... They are 10x more likely to be hit by a car.
30% of pedestrian and bicycle verses auto collisions happen in 8 corridors in San Diego:
- University Avenue
- El Cajon Blvd.
- Market Street
- 5th Avenue
- Garnet Avenue
- Euclid Avenue
- Imperial Avenue
Vision Zero San Diego Goals:
- Fund bike lanes, road diets and crosswalks to calm traffic speeds and provide safe transit access on 8 most dangerous corridors
- Adopt Complete Streets policy
Los Angeles has a hit-and-run crisis and vulnerable road users are most at risk for death or serious injury. As reported by LA Weekly, "L.A. suffers a staggering 20,000 hit-and-runs annually. Of those, hit-and-run drivers kill or badly maim about 22 bicyclists, 40 motorists and 92 pedestrians each year."
San Diego personal injury attorney Dean Goetz has represented and obtained sizeable settlements for numerous bicycle riders whose cases were rejected by other attorneys because they did not want to sue a City or a large road building contractor for negligence and damages.