“If your rig has been victimized by the notorious “flying rock,” especially if you think it came off a truck, you know who ought to pay. But what about that sign on the back of the dump truck that reads: “Stay back. Not responsible for windshield damage.” If a rock flies off that truck and smacks your glass, is the company truly “not responsible”? Well, imagine you wear a sign that says, “Not responsible for nose damage,” and then you smack some guy in the face? Federal law requires trucking companies ensure their loads are secure. In our scenario, is the company responsible? Technically, yes. Getting satisfaction is another matter.
Hard case to win
Suppose your windshield is damaged from a rock that flies off a truck. First, it’s a matter of nailing down the culprit. Can you get a license plate number? A company name? Good on you. But even armed with that information, if push comes to shove, can you prove your case in court – because that’s where you’ll likely end up. The company will likely say, “How do we know that your windshield was damaged by a rock that came off our truck?” It’s a he says, she says issue, and a hard one to win.”
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Of course if you have a dash camera installed that records the rock flying from a truck ahead it’ll be easier to prove your case. Although, if that rock hits the pavement before dinging your windshield it’s possible you won’t be able to recover the cost of damages. The best course of action is to avoid being in such a situation in the first place. Follow construction vehicles from afar or pass them if possible!
Has your windshield been damaged by a rock or stone? Call Advantage Auto Glass at 612-343-8984 and ask about our rock chip repair service today!