Berkeley Accident Statistics

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Berkeley Accident Statistics

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley car accident lawyer. The city of Berkeley, located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, is home to one of California’s most prestigious universities. It is also where the 1960s Free Speech Movement started. It is a great place to visit and an exciting city to live in.

Did You Know?

  • The city of Berkeley was named after George Berkeley, an 18th-century Anglo-Irish bishop and philosopher.
  • Berkeley has a population of over 112,000.
  • Berkeley has one of the highest rates in the county for bicycle commuting.

Accidents Statistics in Berkeley

Just like any other city in the world, accidents happen. Although Berkeley holds a smaller population compared to San Francisco and Oakland, the city does experience accidents. In 2015, there were 158 (25.2%) bicycle accidents, 61 (9.7%) motorcycle accidents, 103 (16.4%) pedestrian accidents and 14 (2.2%) truck accidents. Alcohol played as a factor in 55 (8.8%) of these accidents.

Berkeley Accidents by Type of Accident

The following numbers indicate the number of accidents by accident type in Berkeley:

  • Broadside: 146 – 23.3%
  • Head-On: 30 – 4.8%
  • Hit Object: 26 – 4.1%
  • Other: 33 – 5.3%
  • Overturned: 11 – 1.8%
  • Rear-End: 199 – 31.7%
  • Sideswipe: 103 – 16.4%
  • Vehicle/Pedestrian: 79 – 12.6%

Berkeley Accidents by Primary Collision Factor 

The following accidents in Berkeley are based by the Primary Collision Factors (PCF):

  • Automobile Right-of-Way: 79 -12.6%
  • Brakes: 1 – 0.2%
  • Bicycling or Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug: 24 – 3.8%
  • Following Too Closely: 4 – 0.6%
  • Improper Passing: 7 – 1.1%
  • Improper Turning: 71 – 11.3%
  • Not Stated: 14 – 2.2%
  • Other Hazardous Violation: 26 – 4.1%
  • Other Improper Driving: 3 – 0.5%
  • Other Than Motorist or Pedestrian: 16 – 2.6%
  • Pedestrian Right-of-Way: 58 – 9.3%
  • Pedestrian Violation: 16 – 2.6%
  • Traffic Signs and Signal: 55 – 8.8%
  • Unknown: 12 – 1.9%
  • Unsafe Backing or Starting: 10 – 1.6%
  • Unsafe Lane Change: 21 – 3.3%
  • Unsafe Speed: 204 – 32.5%
  • Wrong Side of Road: 6 – 0.1%

Berkeley Accidents by Accident Severity

The following numbers indicate the number of accidents by accident severity in Berkeley:

  • Complaint of Pain Injury: 397 – 63.3%
  • Fatal: 2 – 0.3%
  • Other Visible Injury: 194 – 30.9%
  • Severe Injury: 34 – 5.4%

Berkeley Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley car accident lawyer. If you, or someone you love has suffered injuries as the result of an automobile accident, please call me at (510) 631-0200 for free, friendly advice. You also may contact me on my toll-free number at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

For nearly 35 years, I have assisted families in Northern California in obtaining fair compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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