How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Riverside?
In 2019, California reported 3,606 fatal crashes that resulted in 1,867 deaths. Riverside had a much lower number, with a total of 34 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths that same year.
During the previous year, in 2018, Riverside reported 174 alcohol-related fatal crashes, with blood-alcohol levels above the legal limits. These DUI crashes made up roughly 8.7% of all crashes in Riverside that year and were roughly 4.6% of all crashes that occurred throughout California.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Riverside?
The City of Riverside Public Works Department is in charge of repairing deteriorating roadways, potholes, and worn road surfaces. Its paving crews rehabilitate streets, parking lots, and alleys. They also inspect and mitigate road hazards and maintain and repair city bridges, guardrails, traffic signage, and street lights.
In 2019, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its report card for the infrastructures across the U.S. and gave California an overall grade of C-. Its bridges and transit system also earned a C-, while its roadways earned a D, with the organization stating that “only 19% of California’s major roads and highways are in good condition, whereas 68% are in mediocre or poor condition, and 13% are in fair condition.”
Local agencies that maintain the roads and major infrastructures in California work with limited resources, so their focus turns to where repairs and maintenance will have the most impact. The ASCE reports that the grades are not a reflection of the performance of those responsible for the roadways. With California’s large population and substantial use, roadway wear and tear is expected.