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employee wrecked company truck

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by longslawn, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. longslawn

    longslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    I have a employee who ran into the back of someones car and did $800.00 damage to the other car. There was no damage to the company truck. When the police were called the employee told the officer that if would not issue him a ticket he would pay the repair bill himself, which the officer agreed and the employee paid the $800.00 estimate himself.
    How would you handle this. I want to be fair to the employee but this is the second time he has bumped a car. The other time was minor and I only had to pay for a damaged plate and not the scratch on the bumper.
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    I would split the 800 with him. After all, if it went through insurance, your rate will rocket. Also tell him he has 1 more strike. If it happens again its his responsibility and he might also lose driving priv. for a while.
  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Was he driving the truck as part of his job? If he was, I believe the responsibility falls on your shoulders.

    I'm impressed that an employee would pay $800 in damage out of his own pocket.

    At the same time, it raises a red flag about his driving record. How many points does he have left on his license?

    Seems to me that the fair thing to do would be to figure out what it would've cost you if the bill went through your insurance, and if there's a difference, you address only the difference.
  4. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    i don't know if impressed is the word. he paid $800 instead of having to pay the ticket and get a mark on his record-likely was a smart move for him.

    unless he paid that $800 cause he felt bad?? THAT would be impressive.

    the thread title threw me off. How much damage was done? $800 is nothing really.

    last time he did this was just a bump. obviously you don't want this to become a habit, but if he is a good worker i'd let it pass.

    i've got a guy, hard worker just not a great driver. rarely does he need to drive a truck. but when he does, i know something might happen (and has). i just chalk it up, often i blame myslef because i let him drive.

    by letting him drive i accept that something might happen, so if and when it does i am more mad at myself.
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Hmmmm... Paying the ticket and getting a mark on his record. It doesn't seem that in WI that would amount to $800. Seems like the employee took the short end of the stick.

    Is there something I'm missing?

    I agree that $800 isn't much. I had a guy run one of our trucks into another of our trucks. $4K.
  6. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    i assume that the decision to not give the ticket was made before the estimate of $800 was received. The cop would have forgone the ticket on scene, while the estimate would have likely been gotten a couple days later (i'm guessing??). The guy likely took a chance, maybe he didn't request several estimates? Possibly he got jacked by the body shop/owner working together.

    depending on one's record, $800 might be worth it.

    its funny, my biz partners girlfriend drove one of our trucks into the side of another, minor damage (but both were quite new). she was the only sober one so we laughed, but it was a while before she was willing to drive a truck again.
  7. longslawn

    longslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    Thanks for the replys. The police were called after the fact. The person he hit was a friend of my daughter, I told her to get a couple of estimates and get back with me but her mother wanted a police record. She had already gone and gotten one estimate before the police were called.
    She got (3) estimates and he paid the middle one. I'm thinking of paying at least $400.00 of the $800.00. Usally if the damage is less than $1000.00 the insurance will not increase. I have never filed a claim with them on my business account but have on a personal policy and it was less than $1000.00 and the premium did not increase.

    I appericate the replys. I want to be fair but I need to get his attention also.

  8. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    thinking about htis, is it legal for him to pay? i'm pretty sure it's not legal to make him, but i guess if he wants he can?

    and could he use this against you down the road? ie. he pays, then gets fired, then claims you made him pay?
  9. longslawn

    longslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    I have about decided to pay the estimate myself. I most likely would have not filed this on my insurance anyway.
    However, I will give him a warning that the next time it will cost him his job. He has got to understand that while I may be liable, I will hold him accountabe for any damage he causes.

    Thanks for everyones input.
  10. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    I don't get it......your going to teach him a lesson in accountability, and make sure he knows that next time he will be accountable........................... But the guy paid for it on his own without a problem. I think he knows he should be accountable for it, even if he DOES NOT have to be.

    I would put some money up, but not all of it. I would still let him pay for a chunk of it just to make sure it is a lesson learned.

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