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Number of Injury/Fatal Crashes

Desired Result: Below Target

Analysis of Performance

Note: This measure has been modified for 2015 to report Injury/Fatal crashes instead of total traffic crashes. The reason for this is that the City can have more direct impact on those types of more severe crashes than the much less controllable fender bender types of accidents.

Injury/Fatal crashes is the number of reported public street crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians where someone was injured or killed. The 1st quarter of 2015 was below target with 48 injury crashes (the target is below 69 for Q1). However, that number was a little higher than seen in the previous two 1st quarters including 2013 (45 injury crashes) and 2014 (38 injury crashes). The 48 injury/fatal crashes are a subset of the 991 total crashes that occurred in Q1 2015.

Metric Definition

Injury/Fatal crashes is the number of reported public street crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians where someone was injured or killed. 

Why Is This Important?

Safe travel in Fort Collins is important for the quality of life for residents and visitors. In order to improve traffic safety, data must be used to determine specific problems than can be targeted.

City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium - Traffic crashes tend to have contributing factors from three areas: human factors, vehicle design/maintenance, and roadway/environment. The City uses Engineering, Enforcement and Education to target the human element and the roadway elements. While we can't prevent all crashes, these efforts do have an impact.

Benchmark Information

Traffic crash reporting thresholds and definitions of injury severity vary between cities and States making accurate comparisons difficult. There are Federal reporting requirements for fatal crashes that require a consistent reporting method for those crashes and we do benchmark against other cities using those fatal crash statistics. However, because there are so few fatal crashes that may not provide an adequate comparison either.