Number of Total Traffic Crashes
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The number of crashes in the third quarter of 2013 was above the previous five-year average and was a higher number than any third quarter in the previous five years. Of the 1,025 total crashes in Q3, there were 17 severe injury crashes which is the same number as in the third quarter of 2012. Unfortunately two of the 17 severe crashes in Q3 resulted in fatalities. Although there is no specific known cause of the increase in total traffic crashes, it may be in part due to an increase in overall traffic volume in 2013.
Total crashes is the number of reported public street crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians. These crashes can be injury crashes or property damage only crashes.
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 a 3 E's approach to traffic safety. That is, Engineering, Enforcement and Education. We can target the human element and the roadway element using this approach. While we can't prevent all crashes, these efforts have some impact.
This metric contains no benchmark data due to a lack of comparable data. Reporting thresholds and the definition of injury crashes vary significantly between cities making comparisons of total crashes and/or injury crashes very difficult. Although there are consistent reporting requirements for fatal crashes, there are so few fatal crashes that they are of limited value for comparison purposes.