You Mother's Truckers Should be More Careful!
By Richard B. Barger, ABC, APR
Yes, it's an old joke ...
A sign frequently seen on over-the-road trucks says: "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you."
Rubbish. These folks don't understand the concept of mirrors! Because of the way cars are made -- the driver sits inboard of the edge of the car by more than a foot, and the car's body extends many feet behind the driver -- a following vehicle always is within view of the truck driver well beyond the point where a car's driver can see the truck's mirrors.
Another sign, often appearing on dump trucks: "Stay back 200 ft. Not responsible for broken windshields!"
Well, yes you are. First of all, only Superman could read your stupid sign from 200 feet away. Second, it's not an enforceable legal notice.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a sign on the rear of a vehicle or towed trailer "does not absolve the driver of any responsibility if debris falls from the vehicle. If debris drops or falls off and damages another vehicle or breaks a windshield, it is still the driver's responsibility....Any damage that is caused by falling debris is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle that lost it, and potentially the registered owner of the vehicle."
We get the idea, and safety first, and all that. Indeed, warnings about who -- or what! -- you might pick up at truck stops might be a good thing.
But don't treat us like morons.