Why do drivers keep running into to this famous bridge in Long Grove, Illinois?

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How Do Drivers Run Into Stationary Objects?

I have never understood how people run into stationary objects. They aren't jumping in your way. You have a steering wheel to turn out of the way. There are breaks on a car to stop. It just doesn't make sense to me and it happens all the time, especially in Illinois. I will give drivers a couple of valid excuses. First is mechanical failure like the breaks not working. The other is slippery road surface with ice. Those are a small percentage of the incidents.

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WGN News via YouTube/Canva
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Famous Illinois Bridge Has History Of Being Hit By Vehicles

I'm not sure what the problem is but the historic covered bridge in Long Grove, Illinois seems to be an accident magnet. Vehicles just keep running into it. A couple of years ago, it had to be actually shut down for a while for repairs from a major collision.

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Buffalo Creek Brewing via Facebook
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Shocking Number Of Times Historic Long Grove Bridge Has Been Hit By Vehicles

After being fixed the bridge reopened in August of 2020. As of March of 2022, it had been struck 30 times. That's crazy. Check out the details from back then, HERE. How about a little update? As of today, there have been five more incidences. Luckily, they reinforced the structure during some of the repairs.

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Why Does The Bridge Keep Getting Hit?

Most of the accidents were caused by trucks. The drivers don't pay attention to the signs. Most of those bigger vehicles are too tall for the bridge.

According to jg-tc.com,

The latest incident involved an 11-foot tall U-Haul truck traveling east on Robert Parker Coffin Road, which hit the covered bridge Saturday morning, officials said. The historic bridge’s roof rises up to a height of 8 feet 6 inches — and signage for “at least” two blocks makes the bridge’s clearance quite clear, according to Village Manager Greg Jackson.

Jefferson St. Pedestrian Bridge
Jefferson St. Pedestrian Bridge
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Maybe they need to retake their driver's test?

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