Monitoring Traffic Deaths in Oakland

Traffic Fatalities in Oakland, California

Fatal crashes in Oakland are unacceptably and persistently high. Nationally, traffic fatalities reached a 16-year high in 2021 with 42,915 people killed, a 10.5% increase from 2020. The most common causes of severe and fatal crashes in Oakland include speeding, failure to yield, unsafe turning, red light running, and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Crashes continue to disproportionately occur in Oakland’s Priority Equity communities and on the High Injury Network (68% of the High Injury Network falls in High and Highest Priority Equity Communities).

Life-changing and life-ending collisions on roadways are preventable with prioritized, targeted, and comprehensive strategies. To address this epidemic the Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) initiative was launched in 2021. The SOS core team includes the Department of Transportation (OakDOT), the City Administrator’s Office (CAO), the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and the Department of Race and Equity (DRE) and works collaboratively on strategies to to achieve the goals of preventing serious and fatal traffic crashes and eliminating crash inequities on Oakland's streets.

The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) and the Oakland Police Department (OPD) launched this webpage in October 2022 in support of transparent monitoring of traffic deaths on Oakland streets in support of the Safe Oakland Streets initiative. The below map and table will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Table of traffic fatalities through April 2024
Table of traffic fatalities through April 2024

This map depicts traffic fatalities in Oakland:

Please note:

The travel mode of the person killed is visualized in different colors.

The date, time and location of the traffic fatality is accessible via a pop out box when you click on a fatality on the map. Please note fatalities in the same location are represented in overlapping circles.

Additional layers that you can click on and off to visualize on the map are Oakland’s High Injury Network, and the Priority Equity Neighborhoods – both visualized as a part of OakDOT’s Geographic Equity Tool.

A map describing the location of traffic fatalities in City of Oakland
A map describing the location of traffic fatalities in City of Oakland

OakDOT will continue to work with OPD to evolve the data collected and reported on this webpage in support of increased transparency, safety and equity and the elimination of traffic deaths on Oakland streets.

Learn more about Safe Oakland Streets – a partnership of OakDOT, OPD, the City Administrator’s Office, and the Department of Race and Equity.