Fast Company's Adele Peters takes a look at a Raleigh, N.C. home that has been hit by drivers on six separate occasions within the nine years its current owners have lived there (since 2004). The house, a "victim of bad street design", sits directly behind a sharp curve in the road.
Now, a recently-filed petition is asking the city to buy the home, after the homeowners—who have repeatedly pleaded with the city council for help— have not been able to sell it. The family tried to list the home following the second accident, but the real estate agent backed out after realizing that they would have to disclose the danger.
"I'm back to where I was 9 or 10 months ago," Carlo Bernarte says. "We're angry, upset, scared." Each time a crash happens, he has to take time off work. His homeowner's insurance has been canceled. His youngest daughter, age six, spends most of her time at a relative's house; the whole family has started staying somewhere else on weekends, and living in fear the rest of the time. "Every time it gets dark, there's always that unknown," he says. "It happens when you're sleeping."