SA Tomorrow and Vision Zero
The City of San Antonio is striving to become less dependent on the single-occupant vehicle as part of its SA Tomorrow plan. San Antonio also embraces Vision Zero, a project to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on City roadways. Infrastructure enhancements, including those that focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety, are a central part of Vision Zero, but automobile accidents account for the majority of fatalities and serious injuries by a wide margin.
The Vision Zero crash map shows where San Antonio car crashes tend to cluster. A large number of crashes occur within the city core; along the northern portions of Loop 410 and IH-10; along south IH-35; and along the northern part of Loop 1604.
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Texas Traffic Safety
Statistics show that Texas has generally become a safer place to drive over the last 15 – 20 years. People are driving more miles, but proportionally suffering fewer fatalities behind the wheel. Cars have generally gotten safer. Drivers not so much. The reality is that car accidents are largely preventable. The top contributing factors to urban car crashes, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, are:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Disregarding traffic signs and lights
- Driver inattention
- Failure to control speed
- Crossing the lane boundary
- Unsafe passing and turning
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
San Antonio Traffic Safety
There were more than 33,000 San Antonio car crashes in 2020, per TxDOT. The good news is, that number is down from more than 45,000 in 2014. The bad news is, there are nearly 100 crashes in San Antonio every day.
Compared to other Texas cities, San Antonio ranks eleventh for driver safety, with 8.81 fatal accidents per 100,000 residents. It’s the twelfth most dangerous city in the state for drunk driving and second most dangerous for speeding. The worst roads for speeding in San Antonio, reports Value Penguin, are I-410, I-35, I-10, US-90, and US-281.
San Antonians are generally known as a friendly bunch. On the road, their manners appear to be less cordial. A survey of 2,000 Texans gave San Antonio a score of 4.2 out of 10 for how drivers rate their relationships with other drivers. Nationwide, Allstate ranks San Antonio 138 out of 200 for its Best Drivers Report. San Antonio drivers go an average of 8.2 years between collisions and have a collision likelihood that’s 29% above the national average, says Allstate.
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