You've seen them on trucks as they drive around town, a sign saying “Stay Back, Not responsible for broken windshields.” But is that true? Does the sign relieve the truck driver, or company, from any responsibility if your windshield breaks from something that falls from their truck? The simple answer is, false.
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Does your insurance go up if a rock hits your windshield?This includes your glass being hit by a rock or damaged by vandalism. If your glass or windshield damage came from a car crash, your collision coverage will pay for it — unless another driver caused the accident, that is. In that case, their liability coverage should pay for your damages.
Who pays when a rock hits your windshield?
If a rock flies directly from the back of a track and hits your windshield, the company may be responsible for the damage. They can be found liable if you stayed 100 to 150 feet away from the truck and/or if you can show that the truck was overloaded and carrying more rock or gravel than they should have been.
What happens if a rock hits my windshield?
Generally speaking, if there is a chip or crack that is smaller than six inches, your windshield can be repaired. If the crack is larger than six inches, your windshield probably needs to be replaced. If you are in doubt, consult with a professional auto glass repair shop.
How long can I go with a cracked windshield?
There is no set amount of time to safely drive with a cracked windshield. In some cases, the crack is diminutive and unlikely to spread, making it possible to drive days, weeks or even months without additional damage. However, even slight cracking makes windshields brittle.
When you are driving, there is always a risk for something to go wrong. Your gas light can come on, you can get pulled over, a tire can blowout; these are things that demand your attention immediately.
If a piece of debris, rock or gravel falls directly from the back of a truck and hits your vehicle, causing its windshield to crack, then the commercial vehicle's operator is responsible for the damages.
It's generally not dangerous to drive with a small crack in the windshield, but damaged glass should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible for two important reasons: Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection. Cracked windshields decrease visibility.
You should avoid driving your vehicle if it has a cracked windscreen, as it could increase the chances of a car accident.
If the crack is too deep.
Any chip or crack that penetrates both the outer and inner layer of a laminated windshield requires replacement. Even if the crack only penetrates the outer layer, this can often expose the plastic layer within, causing it to become discolored if left in the elements for too long.
Is Having A Cracked Windshield Illegal In Arizona? Driving with a broken or cracked windshield is actually legal, but you can still get ticketed by a police officer if the damage is considered a hazardous risk to yourself or other drivers.
Here's the basic breakdown: If a rock or other debris falls off a truck and strikes your vehicle, the company is responsible. If the rock falls off the truck and hits the road first and then damages your vehicle, the company is not responsible.
Access the Damage
Use a magnifying glass to inspect the damage. If there are visible cracks, hairline cracks, or scratches on the surface, you may need to replace your entire windshield. Generally, after any damage to the windshield, it's a good idea to take your automobile to a professional.
What To Do When a Rock Hits Your Windshield
- Pull over and inspect for damage. The first thing to do, according to the American Automobile Association is to pull over and inspect for damage.
- Cover the area.
- Check with your insurance.
- Bring your vehicle into an auto glass repair shop.