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Damage on the highway: What is a trucker responsible for?

If you have a crack on your windshield, you're probably one of many who have traveled behind a large commercial vehicle. These vehicles are well-known to cause damage to others by picking up rocks on the pavement. Staying back a distance helps, but there's still the risk of damage.

Trucking companies are responsible for many things when they cause damage to other people's vehicles, but cracking windshields with rocks may not be one of them. However, there are times when a trucking company could be held liable for any damage or injuries caused as if the truck's load wasn't secured well and results in a crash.

If a commercial vehicle has caused severe damage to your vehicle you can call us at 970-628-3907.

Take for example a situation where a truck is carrying mulch. Normally, that's not something that would cause a problem, but if enough fell off the truck to cover your windshield and cause a crash or to make the roads dangerous, then the authorities may consider this a collision and place the fault on the driver of the truck.

Any time matter from the vehicle causes damage, you can pursue a claim. The difference with cracked windshields from rocks is that the rocks aren't on the vehicle itself; they're kicked up from the road, so the company can't be held liable.

If you believe a trucker's negligence led to your vehicle's damage or your crash, you should call the police to take your report and then speak with your attorney. There may be a case for you to seek compensation and get the money you need to pay medical bills and for lost wages or other damages.

Source: The Denver Channel, "Driving You Crazy: Are trucking companies really not responsible for cracking my windshield?," Jayson Luber, May 07, 2018

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