Are Windshield Liability Broken Truck Stickers Real

11Alive Traffic Tracker Crash Clark has looked into the matter.

ATLANTA – You may have seen the disclaimer on the back of dump trucks on a sticker – they warn you to stay behind the truck a certain distance, or they are not responsible if anything thing falls off the truck and breaks your windshield.

They are frequently seen on the roads, and often the source of anxiety – things, after all, often fall out of the back of these trucks all the time. Who hasn’t had the experience of picking up at least a small crack on your windshield once or twice?

According to this sticker, if you follow too closely, it’s your fault. But is that really how the law works?

THE QUESTION

Do warning stickers protect trucking companies from liability?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

No, decals do not protect trucking companies from liability if something falls off their truck and breaks your windshield.

WHAT WE FOUND

We asked, from a legal standpoint, what do these bumper stickers mean?

“Absolutely nothing,” said personal injury attorney Darren Tobin. “These bumper stickers don’t make sense. The trucking company has a duty to keep anything from falling off the back of their trucks. In fact, there are federal laws and state laws. ‘state who regulate this exact thing.’

However, there is a small caveat – what if the debris is already on the road and the truck just lifts it up?

“If something hits your vehicle and it goes off the road, the truck won’t be responsible,” Tobin said. “Because it’s something that could be there from any company or any person.”

Tobin advises that if your car is hit by something falling from the back of a truck, don’t chase the truck — call 911 instead and try to get a tag number. If you chase the truck and have an accident, it could be your responsibility.

Taylor Mabrey with Express Auto Glass in Marietta agreed. It’s best to get a tag – and don’t forget to keep your receipt.

“I’ve had to email receipts to businesses before, send credit card receipts and stuff like that, just to prove that this customer actually paid and is entitled to a refund,” she said.

So, no, the bumper stickers don’t really hold up – they’re just a warning.

If it goes off the road, it’s bad luck for you, but if it’s something being carried that hits you, it’s on them.

However, as Mabrey noted, you will need proof and documentation to get compensation. One thing experts recommend to help you out is a dash cam.