City Transfer Inc. Complaint - Damage caused to vehicles by uncovered trucks carrying uncovered loads
RENTON, WASHINGTON -- On Monday, June 10, 2002, at approximately 9AM, I was heading eastbound on NE 3rd St. in Renton, Wa, when I was passed by a westbound fast-moving CTI (City Transfer Inc.)truck. We were in adjacent lanes and there were no vehicles on either side of us. A large rock was thrown from the truck which hit my windshield and cracked it badly. I had two other passengers in my vehicle that witnessed this incident and can confirm that the windshield was not damaged prior to this date. The windshield was new as of February 2002.
I have attempted to resolve this matter with CTI, however, their position is that, "since I was unable to obtain a truck or license #," that "they are not responsible for this incident, particularly since they cannot verify what cargo if any they were hauling at the time."
My contention is that the driver was traveling at a fast rate of speed, possibly to make it through the light at the bottom of the hill, and I did not have time to obtain a truck or license #. I wouldn't have been able to catch up with the driver even if I had made a u-turn in the middle of the road to pursue him because I wouldn't have made it through the light myself. Additionally, I have taken note since then that the truck #'s are not placed in easily visible areas and cannot be seen when passing a truck on the side.
I have suggested to CTI that they issue payment for my insurance deductible in the amount of $100.00, since this damage is covered under my policy, rather than for me to simply 'drive in' to an auto glass repair shop which would be more costly. I am not seeking any other damages nor am I attempting to make a profit. I simply want what I had prior to this incident which was a new, undamaged front windshield.
I feel that since CTI is responsible for the damage to my vehicle, they are, therefore, responsible for the repair of it.