Truck Abandonment

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Bobblehead, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    It’ll cost you a little money, but if secure the truck, tell the manager of the truck stop about the immediate death in family.
    Fly home.
    Return later and bring them their truck, quit and have another job.
     
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  3. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    Phone around for a safe parking spot, preferably near an airport.
    Call the office and ask for bereavement time off or accumulated holidays.
    Let them know that you have the unit in a safe place.
    Fly home.
    Fly back after a time as per your agreement with the office.
     
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  4. Coffey

    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    Call you company and tell them your flying/renting a car to go home and be back at a later date to take the truck back
     
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  5. Coffey

    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    If that don't work just unhook your eld and drive to the closest yard and drop it off there
     
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  6. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    It is rather heart less of your company to treat you that way considering your circumstances is there nobody left in the USA that has compassion and empathy? I wonder how the staff would feel if they were treated that way? However despite this you still need to do the right thing by your employer lest it fall back on you for abandonment so if you return it to a depot that should not be considered abandonment, I'd take the truck and trailer to the nearest depot inform the police of your situation and then travel back home.
     
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Tell them you are going home. Do this in a text or email so you will have proof. Keeps written notes of any phone calls with them but try to use email, if you can. Let them know that you will leave the truck in a safe place, but you are going home and that it is not negotiable.

    Edit: I just realized that you are in Florida and I'm sure you work for Indian River Down there, You should take the truck to your nearest terminal. Get someone in maybe the shop to sign that you are dropping the truck Tell them you are going home and will be back as soon as you can after everything gets settled. If they don't like it at least they can't say you abandoned the truck. And while you are home find a better company to work for.
    I hope you went over your immediate bosses head and complained about this. You should and also call safety and ask them how safe it would be for you to drive all the way across the country. with your mind at home.
     
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  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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  9. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

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    Took the truck to the terminal I was nearest to and told them I needed to get home ASAP. When they gave me a fuss over not taking a load there I just quit.
     
  10. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

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    Wow, sounds like a company you dont want to work for.
    My wife's mom passed a couple years ago. I was just switching loads in South Carolina headed for Toronto. I called dispatch and told them I needed direct back to Nova Scotia, they tried but couldn't come up with anything quickly. So I bobtailed home. Im an owner op, I didnt expect to be paid, and it was my decision. I was shocked when they did pay me mty miles. Stuff like that keeps me here I guess.
     
  11. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

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    It definitely made it easier. I even offered to leave it and come back or go to their nearest terminal to my house and get a different truck when I came back.
     
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