SERIOUSLY. Have you ever hear of breaking a windshield with

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by GreenConcepts, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
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    sounds to me like she waited for you to leave "then Magically she realized you broke her windshield" I call straight Bull Hockey puck on her claim
     
  2. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see you are in the south where it gets very hot. Windshields on newer vehicles are becoming weaker and weaker. This is being designed in to protect the pedestrian in a collision where they would get tossed into the windshield. As such windshields can now crack more easily from heat buildup within the car on a hot day. Ask the resident if they had their heat/ac control set to vent/fresh air in order to prevent this from happening, or if they are in the habit of shutting the car off in recirculate mode. This may put the ball back in their court.

    I advise against turning it into your insurance or even calling them regarding it. I don't know how it works with commercial liability, but doing the same on a homeowners policy has been reported to possibly bring points against you that can add up toward eventual premium increases, whether there is a legitimate claim or not resulting of it. You might ask you agent if this is true before mentioning any incident, if you do decide to pursue your own insurance coverage toward this.
     
  3. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
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    Their is a first for everything...
     
  4. GreenConcepts

    GreenConcepts LawnSite Member
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    In all honesty, I didn't think that our GL even covered windows, but I found out today it does. Either way, the deductible is $250 so bringing it to the attention of the insurance company is a moot point.

    It is an older car whose windshield is surely less than $250 considering the make, model, number of those cars on the road, and age.

    Normally I would just assume that we did it and go ahead and fix it. but this just seems so far fetched that I would appreciate if someone is going to try to defraud us that they put at least SOME thought and creativity into it.

    I mean, it should be a little harder than just putting down your slurpee long enough to point to your car and say "window."
     
  5. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
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    I shattered a side window on one of my vehicles while using a backpack blower but not a windshield. I've also broken side windows with a string trimmer.
     
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Windshields are tough. Side and rear glass will sustain damage more easily.
     
  7. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    Earlier this season I broke my own truck window . I'm not sure if it was a Rock from the trimmer or the mower but it was a very rocky property
     
  8. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
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    Ive purchased tons of windows. I've even had a car painted once. Why ? Because the $600.00 paint job was cheaper then possible loosing a $12,000 a year account. No we didn't scratch the POS car but the owner of the apartment complex gave me tons of additional accounts after I handled that situation with yes sir I'm sorry ill have it taken care of. As for windows. We do a 50 acre auto complex that is Audie, Porsche, BMW, Lexus, Land Rover, and Mini Cooper. We hit a brand new windshield with a rock off a string trimmer. Flew about 20 yds. The heat and cooled and atomistic tinting windshield cost $3800.00 dolors. I really don't know if it does all that but better.
    As for damage to my trucks. I knocked out 2 back glasses to employees vehicles at my shop. We knocked the back glass out in my tundra from freaking 50 yds away on a job once. And my cultivator had a freak explosion with a rock that shot through my door of my at the time brand new chevy 1 ton.
    All this to say crap happens deal with it. My insurance covers $3000.00 in small damage with no deductible or raise
     
  9. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Lawn guys always get blamed ...period
     
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    You do what you want, it's your decision, I can't tell you what to say or do.
    But I can tell you, a backpack blower most likely did not do it.
    The only way I can see it is if a small rock or pebble had found its way into the turbofan.
    Even then it's unlikely, however if someone sets a blower down they can pick up small rocks through the bottom air intake.
    They would have then had to pick the blower up, put it on, aimed the nozzle and given it full throttle.
    It is then possible a small rock could shoot through the tubes at some kind of speed that might be enough, but I didn't have the chance to test it, what I can tell you is a BR600 lacks the POWER to pick up rocks off the ground much higher than a few inches, much less hurl them at a distance and with speed sufficient to break or even crack a windshield.

    And what good is that going to do?
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013

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