Hey there, got an unusual question:
I live out in the country and part of my front yard is on a curve.
Constantly when it is wet outside, cars go too fast around it despite
signs being posted and end up sliding in my front yard. There is a
small ditch along the road that they go through and into my front
yard. Yesterday, someone even took out a bush I had planted at the end
of my driveway.
ANy bright ideas on what I could do? I thought about taking a tiller
and making the ditch deeper where it would be harder for cars to go
through. I even though of welding together some sort of guardrail to
but on my side of the ditch.
Any help woould be greatly appreciated!
To avoid lawsuits do not place any rocks or structure that will stop them.
You can how ever make a boggy area that will stop them the same way some of
the 1/4 mile race tracks use at the end of the track in case someone
overshoots. The best part is they will need a tow truck to get out and you
will be able to go after them for any damages.Sweet revenge without guns,
just mud !
That would be illeagle dismantling:
In other words: "Theft"
But, he could be nasty and make them get a court order to remove the car
from his property!
Good suggestion, I like your sense of humor!
If someone crosses his property line:
Due to wrecklessness or negligence. ie Driving too fast for road conditions.
They can't sue him for their damages if he put up a stone hedge.
Did you take law lessons from Saddam Huesseim or Mommar Quadaffi?
This is not a DIY project mainly because anything you do short of a
major project costing several hundred or a thousand or two won't be
solid enough to stop a speeding car or could be against a
zoning/building regulation, resulting in the county forcing you to
remove it and/or fine you.
Rather, it's a public safety hazard that should be dealt with by your
local government -- preferably by installing a guardrail or a cement
barrier similar to the ones they put in medians on the highway or in
front of federal government offices to help prevent terrorist drive-ups.
Contact your county highway/road department or your representative on
the county board (also called county commission in some areas).
I think you have the right idea. Deepen the ditch and then they can
ROLL across it into your front porch -- if going fast enough. However,
it will probably stop those who aren't speeding toooo fast. Be careful
of tampering with anything within the right of way.
You could add a guard rail. Make it LOOK strong enough to demolish the
entire car if they hit it. This way they can see it when the road is
dry and IMAGINE what will happen if they slide into it. HOWEVER, I'd
make it "breakable" so they don't get killed when they hit. . . . Kind
of like the highway barriers. Colors: Black & Yellow - alternating!
Talk with the city, county or state that maintains that part of the road
and ask if you can BORROW some highway barriers to put up.
Plant trees or thorny bushes along that area.
BE SURE TO KEEP ANYTHING WELL ON YOUR SIDE OF THE RIGHT OF WAY!
* ** * Above all, document costs, get license numbers (tag & drivers)
and force several of them to pay -- plenty. * ** * The court
publicity will help deter others -- maybe! HIRE the work done and DON'T
TAKE THE LOW BIDDER. :-)
Talk to the folks at some cemetery and see if they'll give you some of
the flowers they take up off the graves periodically. Take these
flowers and put them in a place or two near this curve to make it appear
someone has already gotten killed there! ;-) I'm sure you've seen this
done along the highway were someone has gotten killed.
Just a few ideas of my own. You may want to check with an attorney
before doing any of the above. In this screwed up system a burglar can
walk onto your property at night, intending to steal all you have, step
into a hole the dog dug in the yard and then sue you and/or your home
owner's insurance company for damages to his broken leg, etc. -- AND
This reminds me of an infamous S-curve that was in my neighborhood when
I was growing up. The state put up a huge-ass sign along side the curve
with a skull and crossbones on it, and beneath that was painted "Slow
Down XX Didn't" -- with XX being the current death toll. It was a local
landmark for decades and about the only thing it was good for was to
give the sign painter more work putting up a new body count every few
"Al Patrick" (clip) Talk with the city, county or state that maintains that
part of the road
Yes, definitely, talk to the highway people. It is really THEIR problem to
solve, not yours. They have more and better facilities to deal with this,
and it someone wrecks a car against their barricade, you will in no way be
Another suggestion (this one amuses me), would be to put in a row of hay
bales. Actually, hay bales with ivy growing over them might be sort of
|Yes, definitely, talk to the highway people. It is really THEIR problem to
|solve, not yours. They have more and better facilities to deal with this,
|and it someone wrecks a car against their barricade, you will in no way be
Just be aware that their idea of a solution may not meet your aesthetic
criteria. You might be looking out your front door at some ugly barricade for
the next several decades.
Rex in Fort Worth
If a thief breaks a leg on my property:
As the general said: "Take no prisoners, and leave none!"
The poor thief would have broken his neck too. Mr Police man, how did he get
hurt so bad?
One less criminal to worry about, house and feed with our tax dollars too!
In the town I grew up in, one guy had a similar problem with cars failing
to make a curve at the end of a high-speed stretch of road, and ending up
in his back yard.
He placed some seven to ten-foot tall boulders in the path.
Problem is, in today's litigous society, anything you place in the possible
path of a car just might make you libel for injuries that might not have
occured if the obstacle was not there, and the person's car simply came to
a stop in your yard with no man-made obstacles placed in their path -
especially since there is a history/precedent of people walking away
uninjured from forays into your front yard prior to you setting up any
We've all read about burglars suing homeowners for unsafe conditions
causing injury while they were attempting to commit a crime. There are
lawyers who are willing to launch just about any sort of lawsuit -
frivolous or not.
I would lobby the local government for some sort of guardrail, or
government-placed barrier - which should absolve you of any responsibility.
I also think a visit to your lawyer to determine what you can do without
placing yourself in jeopardy might be a good first step. Get his opinion in
writing, if you can.
I live in a suburban area. Speed limits are generally 25 mph here. For
years during wet weather, inattentive drivers would speed down a nearby
hill and slide across an intersection, occasionally making contact with
The problem was resolved by installing two rebar reinforced cement core
columns, with brick facing, just inside the property line. Each column
is about 2.5 feet square. In the last decade, about half a dozen cars
have jumped the curb and impacted one of the columns. In each case, the
driver was cited for careless driving and required to pay for repairs to
the column, landscaping and curbs.
A couple of lawyers attempted to push liability onto the home owner and
were laughed out of court. One judge told a lawyer that unless a column
fell over the property line, unassisted, and landed on someone,
liability was just not an issue.
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Beware! That sort of attitude varys widely (if not wildly) by state -- in
California if you spill hot coffie on your crotch then Starbucks is
responsible, even if you brewed it at home. In Kansas they laugh you out of
What about hospitals and many commercial properties:
Heaven forbid you make the mistake of trying to back up into a parking lane
to get a spot, POP, Pop, and if you're stupid enough! Pop, Pop. Now you need
four new tires!
Is that hospital or commercial property owner liable?
Please answer that for me?
Not a parking space:
But in North East Pa. a famous hospital, Geisinger. Is always reconfiguring
their parking lots, and seperating one from the other. They have many!
But there are spikes all over, they reconfigure, and forget to lock the
spikes, they say oops, sorry to people. I'm smart enough to let someone
stand on them to get into the second part of the lot.
Plus, parking is free. I don't stiff institutions, whether commercial or non
profit for parking fees!
On Wed, 3 Mar 2004 21:26:50 -0500, "Refinish King"
......and in reply I say!:
Aaaargh! ("Well...won't park there then...")
Aieeegh! ("Nope. Not there either...")
.........no I'm not!
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I was thinking about a section of fence inside the property line
(right-of-way/easement/whatever.) Sections of telephone pole sunk deep in
the ground at each end, a single 5/8" or 3/4" wire rope back and forth
about 3 times between the poles so it looks like 3 strands of barbwire.
Don't stretch the cable too tight, so when someone hits it it will have
some "give" to it. Plant some sturdy bushes just inside it, and see if
the county will put a barrier sign in front (alternating yellow and black
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