Rock and a hard place: dump truck trouble for local resident
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CREATED Sep. 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 19, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - Many drivers often find themselves behind dump trucks when traveling along I75, and we all know how annoying it can me when little pieces of rock pelt our windshield.
Now, a Southwest Florida woman has contacted us after she says one of those little rocks fell from a truck and went right through the headlight of her SUV.
"Out of the back end of the truck a bunch of debris had fallen out," said Jennifer Lahie.
She was traveling Southbound on the highway when the incident happened near Immokalee Road in Naples.
Lahie jotted down the license plate number and the name on the truck, which she states in a police report was Timo Brothers, a paving company based in Bonita Springs.
"They got to make sure things are not coming out of their vehicle."
For a time, the longtime Southwest Florida resident said it seemed like the company would cover the $800 in damages to her car so she did not have to file a claim with her insurance company, but after a while, the company seems to pull back on the offer and now doesn't know what to do.
"If you don't properly secure whatever it is you're carrying in these trucks, then you're responsible for the damage."
Fox 4 stopped by Timo Brothers to get their side of the story, but were quickly told to leave by one of the owners without answering any questions.
But Lahie is not out of options, according to Naples attorney Sean King.
"You can go to small claims court, you've got the husband and the wife as witnesses," he said.
Even though Lahie is hesitant to file a claim with her insurance company, her insurance company would go after the company for the charges.
"Call your insurance company; it’s not your fault. Your rate should not go up. They'll have one of their little adjusters call their insurance company."
In Your Corner contacted Florida Highway Patrol, which often deals with these types of incidents to see how they are normally handled.
We were told that it is often hard for them to investigate these types of complaints unless they themselves or someone else witnesses the incident.