Who is at Fault When Your Windshield is Damaged?

Feb 18, 2019, 15:23 PM by Chad Sproles
It’s happened to the best of us — you’re driving down the road, and suddenly a rock whips up and chips or cracks your windshield. 

What if another driver kicked up the rocks or debris though? That guy just sped past you. Are they at fault for the damage?

The simple answer is no. The other driver is not considered at fault for damage to your car caused by road debris, and they are not responsible for paying for any of the damages. While this and similar situations can cause a lot of stress, there are a few things you can do to prevent your windshield getting chipped or cracked while driving. 

Follow Other Vehicles from a Safe Distance

You’ve likely heard of the three-second rule, which gives drivers ample time to react when another car brakes in front of them. The goal is to stay at least three seconds behind the car in front of you, which also prevents unnecessary accidents. By keeping your distance, you lessen the likelihood of debris being kicked up off the road by someone else, and damaging your vehicle. 

Avoid Gravel

If at all possible, avoid vehicles carrying unsafe loads, or dump trucks transporting gravel. Put even more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you (at least 200 feet) if this is the case. While it may seem like it goes without saying, it’s also helpful to avoid patches of gravel and unpaved roads when you can. 

Take It Slow

If you can’t avoid driving near a vehicle carrying produce, gravel, dirt, produce or other loose material, remember to slow down. Driving slowly can greatly reduce the impact of any damage caused to your windshield. You should also drive slowly and keep more distance than normal between yourself and other drivers in construction zones, on unpaved roads and in icy weather conditions.

Remember that no amount of advice can 100% prevent damage to your windshield — accidents happen. If you do experience a chip or crack in your automotive glass, contact the experts at Discount Auto Glass. You can give us a call, or get a quick and easy quote by clicking here.


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