San Francisco Injury Fact Sheet
- Injury claims the lives of 9 San Franciscans and hospitalizes 119 others every week.
- Drug overdoses/poisonings accounted for the highest percentage (40%) of injury-related deaths, followed by motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes (14%), falls (11%), and firearms (10%).
- There were twice as many suicides as homicides among San Francisco residents.
- Hospital charges for the time period studied totaled $130 million. Half of these costs are associated with falls.
- A large proportion of injury deaths occurred before any medical treatment could be rendered. This highlights the need for injury prevention programs.
- San Francisco residents between the ages of 35 and 55 are at the highest risk to die from drugs and other poisons. The majority of these deaths were due to use of illegal drugs.
- Elders (over the age of 65) and adolescents/young adults (ages 15-34) are at highest risk of dying from motor vehicle-related injuries.
- More pedestrians than occupants of motor vehicles have been killed in San Francisco during the past ten years. Nationally, pedestrians account for only 12% of motor vehicle deaths.
- Pedestrian injuries were heavily concentrated in the downtown area of San Francisco and along heavily trafficked corridors.
- Almost half of all injury hospitalizations were due to falls. Among seniors over the age of 65, it was 77%.
- African-American men ages 15-24 are 3 times at risk of dying by firearms than Latino men in the same age group. Likewise, African-American men ages 15-24 are 7 times more likely of dying by firearms than Caucasian or Asian men in the same age group.
- Of all firearm-related deaths, 38% were self-inflicted. In contrast, only 3% of firearm-related hospitalizations were self-inflicted. This suggests that most suicide attempts with firearms were successful.
- Young African-American residents in San Francisco have far higher homicide rates than any other racial group.
- Firearms were the weapon used in 61% of all homicides in the past ten years.
- Many assaults in San Francisco occur close to bars, liquor stores, and other places which have permits to sell alcohol.
- Among visitors to San Francisco, homicides accounted for almost 20% of injury-related deaths.
- San Francisco residents ages 15-34 had the highest rates of suicide attempts.