In 2020, our city set a record for the most deadly traffic crashes (51 people killed). These fatal crashes involved vehicles, pedestrians (12), and cyclists including, bicycle (3) and motorcycle (15). Common factors for these crashes are impairment, distraction, and not wearing a seatbelt . The Colorado Springs Police Department and the City's Traffic Engineering Division have partnered to improve traffic safety. When an intersection has a lot of crashes, Traffic Engineering and CSPD complete a comprehensive review of the intersection to see what can be done to reduce crashes. Additionally, a joint community traffic assessment may be completed in order to determine what locations to prioritize for traffic enforcement.
Crashes over time
CSPD reported a 35% reduction in overall crashes (6,869) and a 16% decrease in injury crashes (688) in 2020 at the same time we recorded a record setting 50 fatal crashes.
These reductions may be due, in part, to COVID-19 restrictions. Non-injury traffic crashes could also be cold reported to the State of Colorado during that time period and those crashes are not reflected in CSPD data.
In years prior to the pandemic, our community averages about 11,000 crashes annually.
Where do crashes happen?
A crash can happen anywhere. This is a map showing the volume of crashes by Colorado Springs Neighborhood. You can filter by date, injury, fatality, age of the driver and Patrol Division.
Are Injury Crashes a Problem?
Injury crashes typically make up around 7% of all crashes.
When cause is known, Careless Driving is the most common cause of all crashes. This graph can be filtered by Driver Action, Driver Contributing Factor, First Harmful Event and Age of Driver.
Fatal Crash Causes
When cause is known, Careless Driving is the most common cause of Fatal crashes. This graph can be filtered by Driver Action, Driver Contributing Factor, First Harmful Event and Age of Driver.