"Safety" device dangerous

speed bump causes accident
This runaway trailer became uncoupled when it went over a speed hump, and then rolled backward downhill, crossed the center line, jumped the curb, went back into the street, and hit the speed hump on the other side, which caused it to jump the curb again (the second time all wheels left the street entirely) and destroy even more of our landscape and low fencing than it did the first time it jumped the curb. The sturdy resilience of the half-century-old woody shrubbery partly visible crushed beneath the trailer’s wheels finally stopped the trailer before it went entirely, rather than partially, over the sidewalk (visible in photograph) and took down a fence. Or me. I had been standing where I would have been struck, and probably killed. This is a multi-wheeled and very heavy trailer.

Since installation of the “traffic-calming device” we have not had one night of unbroken sleep and we have collected multiple articles of debris, some quite large. But never before a trailer. We had been assured by the City, in writing, that no such device would be placed along our property frontage. The promise was not kept. This experience causes me to to believe that there’s no reason to believe anything that comes in writing from the City.

Our house shakes and our windows rattle and the traffic does not slow its speed. It does, however, since the installation of this abomination, run much closer to the curb, often grazing and scraping it and gradually wearing it away. People now behave as though the street has four lanes, with traffic in one “lane” illegally passing drivers slowing for the humps in order to spare their suspensions. With all the demolitions, “remodels,” and new construction, complete with over-the-road trucks and heavy construction equipment, the noise and vibration never cease. Others have experienced some of these effects, and complained, with no result. I hope I’m not in the wrong place at the wrong time the next time this happens. This was a close call.

2 Comments so far

  1. ronmelancon on April 25th, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    Dear Odublegood:

    I am glad that you are O.K. Please go to http://www.dangeroustrailers.org

    I have been on this issue for almost 5 years. Last year over 400 people
    were killd due to this issue.

    The system is not working, Our Government is not doing anyting about this.

    Just last week the FAA ruined people’s vacations but we don’t have planes falling out of the sky.

    Enough people are killed each year to fill up a 747 the problem is the RIGHT PERSON has not been killed yet.

    Here are some facts which our government has stopped keeping track since 2005 but I have……..

    In the Year 2003

    Some 57,000 crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers occur annually, according to five-year averages of accident analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. In 2003 alone, accidents with trailing vehicles resulted in 364 deaths, 14,484 injuries and 40,080 instances of property damage. Both the numbers of deaths and property damages increased in 2003 from the previous year.

    In The Year 2004

    More than 65,000 crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers occurred in 2004, jumping nearly 20 percent from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. In 2004 alone, accidents of vehicles with a trailing united resulted in 422 deaths, 27,332 injuries and 46,737 instances of property damage.

    An Increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year. So what does our government do? They stopped keeping track. Not Us.

  2. ronmelancon on April 25th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    The police need to issue a ticket and a citation for the owner of this trailer.

    You are correct!! You could have gotten killed or lost a leg over this.

    It’s called the hump and the bump.

    Time and Time again people who are not responsible are killing other people
    due to the fault of their ignorance.

    I am grateful that you were not hurt. Look what happend yeasterday to another person

    Fatal Crash Claims Life of Branson Woman

    Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 @07:08am CST

    A woman from Branson, Missouri was killed Wednesday in a freak accident in northern Arkansas.

    Authorities in Boone County say Lilagay Wagner, 57, was killed when a flatbed trailer hitched to a pickup detached and hit the car she was riding in.

    Wagner was a passenger in a car that was traveling south on Highway 65 near Harrison; the truck was going north.


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