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    Default Damage from falling ice from a lorry trailer?

    I was driving home from work this morning when a massive lump of ice and snow flew off a lorry heading towards me. It stuck the front of my car with a massive bang. Luckily it did not do damage but what would happen if it had? Would the wagon driver be to blame I had got his details?

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    how on earth is he to blame ?? you would get nowhere with that im afraid.

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    Force of nature, there's not a thing the driver could have done.

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    possibly, it is a offence to drive with a build up of excess ice on your vehicle, a friend recently got 3 points and a £60 fine for having excess ice build up on the roof of his car.

    the offence stated on his fpn is "driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition"
    Last edited by rjw; 8th December 2010 at 22:09. Reason: asked friend what offence on penalty was

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    I was reading somewhere that it is an offence to drive your car on the road with layer of snow on your roof, as it could slide onto your screen and reduce or remove your visibility, or slide back causing a possible accident behind you if it goes off the back.

    However, dont know about the rules for trucks, maybe the same but not sure how a lorry driver would check the top of the trailer and even in he could, how would he clear it? He would spend all day doing it!

    Glad there was no damage to your car but suppose if there was damage, it would come down to his word against yours if there were no witnesses.

    EDIT - you beat me to it RJW!

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    Theses a huge difference from clearing a car roof and a trailer roof that's 15" feet off the ground. That's like expecting all the roofs on the high street to be cleared incase it slides off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    Theses a huge difference from clearing a car roof and a trailer roof that's 15" feet off the ground. That's like expecting all the roofs on the high street to be cleared incase it slides off.
    but surely the driver is still liable?

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    At the end of the day how is it my fault I was hit? Something still came off his trailer and stuck my car? Yes, it's hard to clear but I always thought a driver had to make an attempt to clear his vehicle ?

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    I don't see how that's possible if there is no physical way of clearing it. You would need ladders and a fall arrest system both of which can't be used on a snow or icy surface. Then you would need a non existant device long enough to clear the roof without going on the roof.

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    http://www.advanced-driving.co.uk/fo...php?f=1&t=3196

    Interesting, im guessing section 229 of the highway code would cover me?

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