As San Francisco reels from a recent string of traffic fatalities, new city data points to another vexing trend: a surge in the number of pedestrians gravely injured by cars.
Fifty-five pedestrians were critically hurt in crashes last year, according to the Department of Public Health. That was the highest number since city officials started their campaign to end traffic fatalities in 2014. Despite a concerted push to redesign intersections and update traffic signals, people walking appear to be in more danger of getting hit: The current figures show a sharp rise from 2017 — when 34 pedestrians were critically injured.
The burst in injuries mirrors San Francisco’s jump in traffic fatalities, while also reflecting a national trend. So far, 22 people have died in traffic collisions since the beginning of January, putting this year on track to be one of the deadliest in recent memory.