How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Sacramento?
In 2019, California reported 3,606 fatal crashes that resulted in 1,867 deaths. Sacramento had a much lower number, with figures from the City of Sacramento showing that it had a total of 26 fatal crashes resulting in 28 deaths that same year.
During the previous year, in 2018, Sacramento reported 343 alcohol-related fatal crashes, with blood-alcohol levels above the legal limits. These DUI crashes made up nearly 10.7% of all crashes in the city of Sacramento that year and were roughly 9% of all crashes that occurred throughout California.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Sacramento?
Sacramento has 3,000 lane miles of city street, more than 3,000 lane miles of roadway, and more than 850 signalized intersections, all managed and maintained by the City of Sacramento’s Department of Public Works. This agency repairs deteriorating roadways, potholes, worn road surfaces, bridges, guardrails, traffic signage and street lights, and keeps highways clear of debris.
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, wear and tear of roads is expected.