Will he get fired
My husband is a trucker for an LTL company, so he hauls doubles. He just had his first serious accident after 3 years of driving.
He was in the right lane in the expressway doing the speed limit. He saw the semi in front of him hit his brakes and quickly merge into the left lane to avoid hitting a car. My husband saw the car and hit his brakes hard, standing on them, the semi behind my husband merged left to avoid hitting my husband. The car was only doing between 25-35mph in a 65mph zone.
I husband had a 7-8 second gap which was closing fast, he hit the car at about 45mph on their left rear sending them into the ditch. All parties were injured, his semi had minimal damage, the freight was undamaged. He did everything as he was supposed to and my husband was NOT cited. He had no where to go, had proper following distance, and tried to do what he though would save lives.
He's currently on a 3 day suspension while the company investigates and we are terrified that he is going to lose his job. I feel that he did the best thing possible but that doesn't mean the company isn't going to say this wasn't preventable.
In a situation like this, I will say my husband has no accidents that are his fault, never been in trouble with the company, his efficiency is 117% which is above average...
It just terrifies me because rear end collisions usually don't end well..,
What are the chances the company will fire him? Even though he was not cited the company is still very hard I accidents.