Bay Area roads are significantly safer than they were just one decade ago. Looking back even further, fatalities have declined by 38 percent since 1991 even as the region has grown in population. While there has been a slight uptick in fatalities since 2010 – likely a result of increased driving as our region’s economy has improved – the overall long-term trend reflects the safety benefits from improved vehicle safety technologies such as airbags.
While roads have become increasingly safe for motorists, approximately half of all traffic fatalities in recent years have been vulnerable road users – pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Technological improvements have managed to reduce overall fatalities, but vulnerable travelers continue to experience fatality levels quite similar to 1990s levels.