Need advice!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Texasflo, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Texasflo

    Texasflo Bobtail Member

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    I need help!!! Recently I was at a yard viewing trucks for sale. It was a 2006 freightliner c120. The engine was running and when I was exiting the truck my knee accidently bumped the gear shift and sent the truck in motion hitting two other parked trucks. I quickly jumped in the driver seat and pressed both the brakes and the clutch at the sametime but it failed to stop the truck right way. Now the company wants me to pay for all the damages but I can't help but feel there might have been a defect with the gear shift since it moved so easily or one of their employees did not correctly place the gear shift into place. Has anyone ever experienced anything similar? Please advise how to fight it?
     
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  3. Mikesee

    Mikesee Light Load Member

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    Apparently the Parking Brake was not set? Who started the truck? IF it was the dealer employee who started the truck and said hop in it would be his responsibility to set the Parking Brake.
     
  4. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Before exiting the trk you should have made sure the red knob was set then the trk wouldn't have moved.
     
  5. Bledfor Days

    Bledfor Days Bobtail Member

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  6. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I forgot,its been awhile since I drove trk.
     
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  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Parking brakes mister.

    If you fired that thing up and is the only soul touching that truck that day... there is a real possibility you are it.

    I cannot say anything more because I suspect there is a bigger story.
     
  8. Texasflo

    Texasflo Bobtail Member

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    Their employee started the truck and we were only inspecting it. What I did fail to do was to make sure the parking brake was engaged.
     
  9. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    They should have insurance to cover this kind of incident...if they are a dealer... I would. Even if not a dealer. Whenever I have a vehicle for sale I have it insured.
    Do you have insurance. File a claim or talk to your agent. Your auto policy might cover .
     
  10. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    Who released the brakes.
     
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  11. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    Or were the brakes on and just that bad.
     
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