There’s only one thing that Americans love more than competition — and that’s competition between two opponents that defies logic. Think about it: David vs. Goliath, Alien vs. Predator, and…car vs. house?
Yes, you heard right. Americans just love car-vs.-house confrontations. This is true for two reasons: A) because it gives us a chance to match the force of a speeding car against the structural integrity of a large home, and B) such “combat” happens more often than you’d think.
So in the interest of science, let’s take a look at four instances when a car met a house — all of which occurred in 2011.
Venue: Humble, TX
Date: June 21
Background: An 88-year old man drove his sedan into the side of this Houston-area home.
The house caught fire and has a gaping hole in the wall, while the car only lost a door.
Venue: Augusta, ME
Date: May 22
Background: A shirtless, barefoot man drove a stolen truck across a lawn and into a home around 6:00 a.m. Both the truck and house caught fire, and the driver fled the scene before being arrested later in the day behind the wheel of another stolen vehicle.
Both got torched, but the truck is totaled, broken, and deformed. The house will live to “fight” another day.
Venue: West Jordan, UT
Date: April 26
Background: A woman whom police suspected was under the influence of alcohol and drugs drove her car into the bedroom of a house — while her two children were in the car with her! Thankfully, they were uninjured.
Barely a scratch on the SUV, but a huge gap in the brick and drywall.
Venue: Weymouth, MA
Date: May 15.
Background: A car somehow crashed into a pole, traveled across four lanes of a highway in reverse, ran over a motorcycle, and went airborne into a house’s window — winding up three feet from the homeowner.
The house will need some new siding and a replacement window, but the whole front of the car is toast.
That’s all the car-vs.-house entertainment we have for today. Now as a precaution, go make sure that your auto insurance and your homeowner’s insurance are up to date — just in case.