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Trucks and broken windshields

April 4, 2008
Who among us hasnâ??t followed a truck only to watch a rock zing off our windshield. Then you notice a sign on the back of the truck saying the likes of â??Stay back 500 feet. Not responsible for broken windshields.â??

The sign is accurate if the rock was lying on the road and thrown by the truckâ??s tire.

But itâ??s a bluff if the rock fell from the truck. Truck owners are responsible for their cargo no matter what is painted on the tailgate, says Indiana State Police spokesman Brian Olehy.

The problem then becomes yours as you try to prove your case.

What has been your experience?
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