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Will I get fired for a accident?

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Butta's Comment
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Butta, are you pulling a flat bed load of copper? I used to run that load often when I was at Western Express.

I'll tell you this. I worked a good while for Western Express and I saw new guys tear the tops of trucks off on low bridges that kept their jobs. Just own your mistake and explain what you learned. Hopefully you will get a second chance.

No pulling a van from amazon but I am flatbed

Butta's Comment
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Jackknife - Bad Weather - Bridge - CT.

Sounds like BLACK ICE to me.

As previous folks have asked - was your trainer riding up front in the passenger seat with you?

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Your trainer should be fired for not instructing you to slow down

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Probably wouldn't go all THAT FAR. We still don't know if the trainer was up front with him (trainee on a permit) or in the sleeper.

It is still ultimately the drivers decision, whether they are comfortable driving in adverse weather conditions - ESPECIALLY FOLKS IN TRAINING. There's no harm in telling your trainer driver, that you just aren't comfortable with driving in the current condition.

OTOH - you can't shut down at the first snowflake either. Trucks run in all kinds of weather - and that means 12 months a year. Driving in adverse conditions with a trainer beside you, is the perfect time to get a feel for how it's done, and when it's prudent to shut down.

Bridges can ice up on a clear day, without blizzard conditions. Hence the signs "Bridge Ices Before Roadway". Cold air under the bridge means the road surface of the bridge is going to be significantly colder - than the rest of the road surfaces. Which is why they ICE FIRST.

PLEASE DO KEEP US POSTED ON HOW THINGS PROGRESS FOR YOU.

Rick

OK I will no he just got in the sleeper about 20 minutes before it happened

Butta's Comment
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I'm a rookie driver out with my trainer I jackknife in bad weather crossing over a bridge in Connecticut no one was hurt and no other vehicles were involved in the accident the load is ok minor damage to the trailer the truck is totalled I'm scared **** less wondering if I'm gonna get fired this is my first job

On the way back to the terminal

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rick S.'s Comment
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DO keep us posted.

Wishing you luck for a positive outcome.

Rick

Pianoman's Comment
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DO keep us posted.

Wishing you luck for a positive outcome.

Rick

Ditto. We're rooting rooting you. Take responsibility and own up to your mistakes when talking to safety--I promise you that's your best strategy to keeping your job. Good luck.

Butta's Comment
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DO keep us posted.

Wishing you luck for a positive outcome.

Rick

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Ditto. We're rooting rooting you. Take responsibility and own up to your mistakes when talking to safety--I promise you that's your best strategy to keeping your job. Good luck.

OK thanks for the advice will post as soon as I know something just got into Nashville after a 2 day bus ride from Connecticut
Butta's Comment
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DO keep us posted.

Wishing you luck for a positive outcome.

Rick

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Ditto. We're rooting rooting you. Take responsibility and own up to your mistakes when talking to safety--I promise you that's your best strategy to keeping your job. Good luck.

OK thanks for the advice will post as soon as I know something just got into Nashville after a 2 day bus ride from Connecticut

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Well I still have a job! Felt like getting sent to the principal office back in grade school but I went in and told the truth should be going out with another trainer sometime tomorrow!

Old School's Comment
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Excellent!

Butta, good trainers are hard to come by. Most of us just have to work with what we're given. Hang in there and get through as best you can. You will always be learning out here, so dont think your trainer is going to train you and then you will be good to go. I never learned so much as I did that first three months after I went solo. Learn what you can while with a trainer, but realize you've barely scratched the surface. You'll be learning and progressing for years.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Well I still have a job! Felt like getting sent to the principal office back in grade school but I went in and told the truth should be going out with another trainer sometime tomorrow!

Suck it up - take it like a man.

AWESOME!

Quite happy for you...

Please continue to keep us posted on your progress.

Rick

G-Town's Comment
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Awesome! Good for you!

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