QOTD: Do You Have an Accident-Prone Road in Your Neighborhood?


qotd do you have an accident prone road in your neighborhood

Matt wrote today about a mystery corner that seems to flummox drivers. A conveniently placed camera made me giggle a little as I read it — we can laugh at that sort of stuff as long as no one is hurt.

That got me wondering — do you have a trouble spot near you? Matt referenced the infamous 11-foot-8 bridge, and I gotta tell you, one of the highlights of my travel life has been seeing that underpass in person when I was in Durham on a press launch.

I’ve been wracking my brain thinking of a problem corner near me, but here in the city, six-way intersections tend to be more troublesome than curves. Chicagoans of a certain age will remember how Damen/Elston/Fullerton was before it was redesigned and rebuilt.

Then again, the Oak Street curve on famed Lake Shore Drive has been the scene of many a wipeout. Some of them far too serious to be funny.

My hometown in the suburbs has a curve near an old quarry-turned-lake that has caused the occasional issue — there was a fatal crash in the area a few years back. Apparently, there were once homes near that curve, and my dad tells a funny story about one of his friends missing the corner and placing his car in the homeowner’s bedroom.

If I spent enough time Googling, I could find plenty of examples of tight corners that drivers miss on a frequent basis — sometimes out of stupidity, sometimes out of unfamiliarity with the road, sometimes out of intoxication, and almost always because of excess speed.

Oh, I almost forgot the most famous one of all — the Snake in Malibu. There’s one particular corner that once starred in YouTube videos in which the owners of high-dollar sports cars and sport bikes overdrove their limits and learned lessons the hard way.

Your turn — is there a curve or corner near you that should get a camera aimed at it? Or, perhaps, a low bridge?

Sound off below.

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