You’ve probably seen the stickers when traveling behind dump trucks or other vehicles loaded with debris:
Can this possibly be true? Maybe we should all print up stickers absolving us from liability in every situation: WARNING! STAY BACK 200 FEET! I’M A TERRIBLE DRIVER!
Fortunately, Missouri law covers this exact scenario:
Section 307.010. Loads which might become dislodged to be secured–Failure, penalty.
Now this does not mean you shouldn’t give a truck full of debris a wide berth. Although the driver cannot avoid liability just by putting a sticker on his vehicle, it may be difficult to prove the debris came from the truck and, in any event, replacing your windshield and recovering the cost of doing so is going to be a major inconvenience. So stay back as far as possible, but be glad to know the law in the state of Missouri cannot be trumped by a yellow sticker. If you’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, contact Wendt Law Firm P.C. today!