So after 3.5 years at Poly Trucking, I was fired under what I consider very unfair circumstances.
I had a rush hour appointment just north of Atlanta, GA. While going through a construction zone with heavy traffic, another semi in the left lane swerved into my lane and cracked the lower concave mirror. It was an extremely minor incident, approx damage $100-$150.
I signaled to the other driver to pull over, however since it was a construction zone there was no shoulder. I took the next exit and stopped on the ramp, however this ramp too had no shoulder and I was extremely wary about staying on the ramp. I was blocking the right lane on the ramp in heavy traffic, Georgia state law explicitly forbids blocking travel lanes unless a vehicle is disabled or there is a personal injury.
The other semi pulled over in front of me, but we were both blocking the right lane. I suggested we meet up at a truck stop that was 2 exits down the road so that we could have a safe place to exchange information and call our respective companies. The other driver never showed up and I had to file a hit and run with police (I took a picture of his truck on the ramp)
When I got back to Grand Prairie, I was pulled into the office with Pat Hernadez and Martin Crowder. They admitted to me that the accident was the other drivers fault, and that the other driver committed a hit and run crime. However, they told me they were firing me for "failing to secure the scene of an accident"
They said I should have put out my triangles and blocked the right lane of a construction zone until police arrived. They simply did not care that what they were asking me do is explicitly illegal under Georgia state law. For such a minor incident, I thought the only sensible thing to do was remove the truck to a safe place to conduct insurance information sharing and calling the company. If I had sat on the side of the road blocking traffic, and someone slammed into the back of my rig, I could have been facing prison.
I feel completely betrayed by Poly. The sting is further compounded by the fact that in being terminated, I forfeit 4 weeks of paid vacation that I had banked. Because of the pandemic these last 2 years, I had not done any personal travel so the vacation time was accumulating. I lost approximately $2500 - $3000 over a $150 cracked mirror that wasn't even my fault.
Poly - a utterly soulless corporation with completely inflexible rules.
Poly Trucking, Grand Prairie, TX
Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by Slargtarg, Jan 1, 2023.
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Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member
- May 28, 2009
Yikes, I can relate to your situation. I would have done the same thing, no need to block traffic on such a minor collision. But, I also would have considered just paying for a new mirror myself and get on with life. Just a thought.....bryan21384, Slargtarg, Another Canadian driver and 2 others Thank this.
But I wanted to "do the right thing" and report the incident properly. I had no idea I was going to be treated so unfairly.archangelic peon, BennysPennys, Another Canadian driver and 1 other person Thank this.
Graham Cracker Light Load Member
Your post is a good example of why I’ve lost faith in this profession.
Good luck. There’s better companies out there than poly. And you should be able to collect unemployment pay so file right away.archangelic peon, Gearjammin' Penguin, Slargtarg and 1 other person Thank this.
Anyway I was waiting until this week to find another job because of the holidays so I hope it doesn't take too long to find another job.
drvrtech77 Road Train Member
Do you have a police report incident number whete you can order the report when it becomes available to show future employers you weren’t at fault?
Dennixx Road Train Member
- Feb 13, 2010
Check in with @Chinatown for possible leads.
In many states it's illegal to block traffic after an incident/accident if the vehicle isn't disabled. There's even signs along highways stating that.
You won't have any problems finding another good paying job.Opus Thanks this.
OP did the right thing, just for the wrong company.Lonesome, Dennixx, drvrtech77 and 2 others Thank this.
One company I worked for, the safety man was a retired state trooper. He said it's very irritating when people block a lane after a minor incident/accident. He's had to really do some serious fussing at them.drvrtech77 and BennysPennys Thank this.
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