Last year, the City of Lincoln experienced 9,248 reported traffic accidents, according to the city Public Works and Utilities Department, which today released traffic accident statistics for the year 2000. Eleven of the traffic accidents resulted in a total of 13 deaths. The total monetary loss to the public as a result of all traffic accidents in Lincoln last year is estimated at $121 million.
"City officials receive many complaints about traffic safety every day," said Mayor Don Wesely. "Our Public Works and Utilities Department attempts to improve traffic safety by installing new signals and signs, but the best accident prevention is a responsible driver who obeys the traffic laws, drives defensively and considers other people traveling on the roadway."
Allan Abbott, Director of the Public Works and Utilities Department, said factors such as weather and traffic congestion often play a role in traffic accidents, but the major factor is driver error. That includes driver inattention, following too closely, traveling too fast for the road conditions and disregarding signals and signs.
The dollar loss was calculated using the 1999 edition of the National Safety Council’s accident facts booklet. It includes wage and productivity losses, medical and administrative expenses, vehicle and property damage and employer costs.
The following table shows the city accident statistics over the past five years:
|Non-reportable - (damage under $475)||2,294||2,075||1,968||1,917||1,850|
|In addition, the following are the numbers of accidents involving bikes and pedestrians:|
The following is a listing (in order) of the signalized intersections which experienced the highest rate of accidents and the highest rate of severe accidents during the year 2000: