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Signs on trucks saying not liable for damage are false

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You may have noticed them on your latest drive on the interstate.

They’ve often on the back of big trucks, warning you to stay back 200 feet and then adding, “Not responsible for damage to windshields.”

The News 4 I-Team saw one the other day on a truck, and when something started blowing out of that truck onto our windshield, we started recording.

There was no damage to our vehicle, but we wondered if that sign truly does give companies liability?

The answer: no.

“Like I said – that would be a less than accurate statement,” said Tennessee State Trooper Lt. Bill Miller.

The I-Team showed Miller our video, and he said he sees signs on trucks all over the interstate.

“That is probably a method used to deter someone from calling and complaining trying to get their vehicle fixed,” Miller said.

The I-Team called the company that owned the truck bearing the sign. The owner of the company didn’t want to do an interview, but said he didn’t know that the sign was false and vowed to take them down.

Miller said it’s important for people to know the law.

If debris blows out of a truck and causes more than $50 worth of damage to your vehicle, the company that owns the truck can be held responsible in civil court. That company could also get a citation from state police.

But if something is already in the road, such as a rock, and is kicked up onto your car and causes damage, the company can’t be held liable.   

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