How to Stick Drivers with Truck Damages?

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Proxy, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Proxy

    Proxy Light Load Member

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    For those of you that have experienced drivers banging up a truck then leaving to join another company to avoid facing the music how do you go about getting these unfortunate events to stick to them so they eventually weed themselves out of the industry? A lot of times its not enough damage to file a claim on insurance so we pay out of pocket to prevent premium increases for the already overpriced insurance we pay for to cover such things but I digress... Is there a way to get these "accidents" to follow the driver somehow?
     
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  3. Crude Truckin'

    Crude Truckin' Road Train Member

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    What kind of accidents do you speak of? As an employer, I believe that's a risk you take when you hire someone.
     
  4. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    DAC (Hireright) Any accurate info you give hireright stays on their DAC for 7 years. Mostly mega companies check it and will deny a driver a job if its warranted.
     
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  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Edit: Nevermind, interpreted the original post differently.
     
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  6. Proxy

    Proxy Light Load Member

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    thanks for the help!!
     
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  7. Proxy

    Proxy Light Load Member

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    I cant tell if your being serious or not.... our first accident was a 21 year vet with no priors.... all it takes is a split second laps in judgement regardless of experience
     
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  8. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

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    You need a contract signed prior to employment to garnish an employees wage, but, in most states you cannot create an open ended amount.
    If it’s an accident while driving, you have insurance.
    If they destroy the interior of the truck then I understand wanting to charge the driver.
     
  9. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Put a clause in a contract,
    One company that I used to work for, would not give the driver their last check if the driver tore a bumper or fender off.
    that paid for the insurance 1000$ deductible or to pay for repair.
     
  10. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Cost of doing business... and yes, I was a fleet owner.

    As a driver I would never agree to any contract that made me liable for damage.
     
  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Accidents happen. Damage happens. That's trucking.
    A few incidents here and there are to be expected.

    If there's a lot of incidents I think I'd be looking at the quality of drivers I was hiring.
     
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