Minor Incident

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Joseph D.'s Comment
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Yesterday I was making a tight right turn in Chicago and the trailer tail swung out and busted a mirror off of the guys car. No other damage. I had no idea it had happen until the driver pulled up next to me a 1/2 mile down the road. I pulled over immediately, and the cops were already behind us. I was not issued a ticket but the insurance companies are involved. How will this affect me? Will it be on my record? Thanks in advance.

Old School's Comment
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Although you didn't mention it, I assume you called this into your company. You definitely need to report it to safety or whoever it is that you report to at your company. That is considered a preventable accident, and your company will definitely put it on some sort of internal record. Once you decide to leave the company you might as well be prepared for it to go on you DAC , but don't let that stress you too much. If there are no tickets, then it will not be on a DMV record, but when these trucking companies look up background records for accidents and such as that, it is my understanding that many of them access records of insurance claims also. It is minor, and there is nothing you can do about it at this point.

You will have to mark it up as a lesson learned. Places like Chicago have got some really tight places requiring a lot of extra care when maneuvering a big rig. You have got to go into hyper-awareness when in a place like that.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Most companies allow for a minor fender bender every once in a while. You may catch some Safety Office heat, but you'll still have a job.

Here's an old proverb I just made up:

The first time a baby burns their fingers they learn about "hot".

I'm sure the next time, and all the next times afterward that you make tight turns you'll be conscious of all four corners of your trailer as you make that turn. Be sure your recent experience is a learning event for you.

Turtle's Comment
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The first time a baby burns their fingers they learn about "hot".

Boy that's the truth. As a teenager eons ago I drove a 40ft long crane truck that had a huge rear end overhang. Taking a turn one day the tail grazed the truck next to me. Thankfully it was an old flatbed or something so they really didn't care about one more dent. But I never forgot the lesson I learned that day about tail swing.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone. I did report it to my company immediately, and just went and talked to my boss about it. It's a small time mom and pop company. (25 drivers). They are understanding in these situations as long as your honest. I'm also more than willing to pay for the repairs. The places we put these trucks to make deliveries is outrageous. In and out of Chicago ally ways all day with a day cab and 48ft reefer. I've been doing it for a year and a half now. You live and you learn I guess.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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I clipped a mirror on anothet one of our trucks yesterday, too. We were both at a delivery with a tight lot. Tight! I had my tandems all the way forward to make the wiggle to get out of there. I misjudged my exit and clipped my buddy on my left. Had to pay for the mirror cover ($250) and the company put it on my DAC as a Preventable Accident.... I was more than displeased over that. Lesson learned.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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