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South San Francisco ("South City") was incorporated on September 19, 1908.  By the 1920s, it became known as the “Smokestack Capital of the Peninsula.” Residents called it the “City of Industry.”

Industry remained the core of South City's economy until the 1950s. In 1976, Genentech, Inc., brought a new identity to South City - - biotechnology.

In 1923, the local Chamber of Commerce advertise South City's warm welcome toward industry, on a hillside overlooking the city.

The first whitewashed sign, reading "South San Francisco the Industrial City," was replaced six years later by a larger, more permanent sign of the same message.

The hillside sign consists of large, flat concrete letters, painted white, set on the southern side of a steep hill, that forms part of the San Bruno Mountains.

The sign and the foundations are within the 41 acre South San Francisco "Sign Hill Park".

The first line, “SOUTH,” is 166 feet long; the second, “SAN FRANCISCO,” is 484 feel long; and the third, “THE INDUSTRIAL CITY,” is 628 feet long.

It's visible in the upper left of the below picture and the close-up shot below it.

South San Francisco - see [1] for credit
South San Francisco Sign Hill - see [2] for credit

Modernly, South San Francisco is the “Birthplace of Biotechnology” and boasts biotech giants like Genentech, Inc.

Its economy is now based on the thriving Biotech industry.

South City is home to the largest biotech cluster in the world, with more 200 biotech companies, and 11.5-million square feet of biotech space on 500-acres.

The 2021 South San Francisco population is 68,133.


When it comes to driving in South City, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System gives the numbers we need to know.

Even when you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you'll end up hurt in a South Cityauto accident.

Did you get hit on one of these South City streets?

  • El Camino (82) intersects Westborough Blvd. and Chestnut Ave.
  • El Camino (82) and Hickey Blvd., near the Costco Wholesale
  • Junipero Serra Blvd. and Hickey Blvd.
  • Grand Ave. and Spruce Ave.
  • Sister Cities Blvd. and Airport Blvd.

If so, you're not alone.

These are some of the top South City intersections where accidents happen, and people suffer personal injuries.

If you were injured anywhere in South San Francisco, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable South City auto accident personal injury attorney.

I am Renée Yvonne Gardner and I fight accident and injury cases. I have been the voice of injured clients for 15 years.

I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in San Mateo and its nearby areas.

Now, more from the Transportation Injury Mapping System. I pulled the South San Francisco numbers for years 2015 to 2020.


In South San Francisco, here are the number and type of crashes from 2015 to 2020.

Most accidents were auto versus auto, with the remaining 21.4% involving a pedestrian, bicycle or motorcycle:

  • Total Crashes • 1,497
  • Deaths • 17
  • Injured • 1,999
  • Highway Crashes • 643 • 43%
  • Pedestrians • 151 • 10.1%
  • Bicycles • 78 • 5.2%
  • Motorcycles • 92 • 6.1%


Most South San Francisco crashes are rear-enders:

Rear End 504 33.67%
Broadside 325 21.71%
Sideswipe 201 13.43%
Hit Object 153 10.22%
Vehicle/Ped. 130 8.68%
Head-On 95 6.35%
Other 56 3.74%
Overturned 30 2.00%
Not Stated 3 0.20%
Type of SAN MATEO Crash
Rear End 808 48.10%
Broadside 271 16.13%
Sideswipe 201 11.96%
Vehicle/Ped. 135 8.04%
Hit Object 118 7.02%
Head-On 67 3.99%
Other 40 2.38%
Overturned 29 1.73%
Not Stated 11 0.65%
The cause of most South San Francisco accidents is speeding - 29.28% of the time!
Traffic Law Broken Right Before A SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO Crash
Unsafe Speed 436 29.28%
Improper Turning 213 14.30%
Automobile Right of Way 184 12.36%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug 135 9.07%
Traffic Signals and Signs 127 8.53%
Pedestrian Right of Way 82 5.51%
Unsafe Lane Change 67 4.50%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 60 4.03%
Following Too Closely 36 2.42%
Pedestrian Violation 33 2.22%
Unknown 32 2.15%
Wrong Side of Road 29 1.95%
Other Hazardous Violation 21 1.41%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 18 1.21%
Improper Passing 5 0.34%
Impeding Traffic 3 0.20%
Hazardous Parking 3 0.20%
Other Improper Driving 3 0.20%
Brakes 1 0.07%
Other Equipment 1 0.07%
Compare South City's top crash causes - their speeding percentage is more than 46%!
Traffic law broken before a SAN MATEO crash 
Unsafe Speed 772 46.14%
Improper Turning 218 13.03%
Automobile Right of Way 139 8.31%
Pedestrian Right of Way 108 6.46%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug   100 5.98%
Unsafe Lane Change 93 5.56%
Traffic Signals and Signs 54 3.23%
Unknown 41 2.45%
Wrong Side of Road 33 1.97%
Pedestrian Violation 25 1.49%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 23 1.37%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 20 1.20%
Following Too Closely 16 0.96%
Other Hazardous Violation 16 0.96%
Improper Passing 9 0.54%
Impeding Traffic 4 0.24%
Other Improper Driving 2 0.12%
 South San Francisco personal injury clients, please call me at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me.
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If you got hurt in South San Francisco, keep in mind that it's important to hire a good attorney from the start.

The insurance adjuster is not your friend - even your own insurance company will look for the cheapest way to get rid of your claim.

After you get injured, it's important to seek medical care right away. Some injuries can only be found by a doctor. Other injuries get worse if they don't get treated on time.

If you suffered personal injuries in  South San Francisco, here are the San Mateo County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down to find South San Francisco.

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other cases have to be fought through the court.

In South San Francisco, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the San Mateo County Courts.

In 1998, all San Mateo County Trial Courts were unified to form the San Mateo County Superior Court.

This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting San Mateo County judges merge their superior and municipal courts. Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Currently, South San Francisco auto accident and injury cases are heard in the court located in Redwood City.

Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation.

If you got hurt in South San Francisco, I can help. Here are some of the crash types that I can handle:

If you are going to fight your South San Francisco injury case in court, your civil case will be heard at this courthouse, the Redwood City Civil Court:

Hall of Justice & Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1662

(650) 261-5100

Website: San Mateo County Superior Court

The Hall of Justice & Records in Redwood City hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane
  • Burlingame
  • Colma
  • Daly City
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Moss Beach
  • Pacifica
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside

If you were injured in a South San Francisco accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me here.

Here are just some of the injuries I handle in South San Francisco and the surrounding areas:

Need the hours and parking at the Redwood City Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the Redwood City Civil Court parking and hours.

If you got hurt in South San Francisco and need a good attorney now, who will fight for you, please call me now at (408) 214-5555 or send me a message send me a message.

Let's talk about your case - the consultation is free.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

I am a South San Francisco personal injury attorney, founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a South San Francisco personal auto accident and injury law office. 

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in San Mateo county

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.
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Source for South San Francisco accident data: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021
[1] Photo Credit: By Coolcaesar at the English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,
[2] Photo Credit: Taro the Shiba Inu, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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