Profile For Butta

Butta's Info

  • Location:
    Darlington, SC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Butta On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 years ago

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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Checking in!

Aw man y'all got my head spinning I made a mistake on mileage it's 436,000 miles on the truck maintenance records and all ok nothing major I only got bobtail insurance and even though I wrecked I beat my ticket in court I understand about how a company makes money I've had this goal in mind long before I got a cdl I'm just thirsty for knowledge and experience I feel I got a good head on my shoulders I've prepared for this and left myself a safety net I'm going in to this eyes wide open!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Checking in!

Well a lot has happened since I've last been online I did get fired from western express but in hindsight I think that was a blessing in disguise! I found work driving for a smaller company called Urol express bit unorthodox and unorganized but I learned a lot and will forever be grateful to them for giving me a chance with that accident on my record since then I've bought my own truck and I'm anxious to be my own boss and run my own company I bought a 2011 freightliner from Schneider with 345,000 miles on it and leased on to a company for 88% of the load so like always I'm here for advice! Any thought?

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Fired!

Well that would have a big thing that should have been covered in any training and schooling you have had. It's the law. Do you have a legitimate excuse for NOT taking drug test in 48 hours?

Other than being stranded with no contact from my company no

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Fired!

I just got fired at Western Express safety says bc I didn't take a drug test within 48 hrs mind you im a rookie don't know the first thing about what I'm supposed to do after a accident and couldn't get anyone at Western Express on the phone to give me directions on what I'm supposed to do! Any advice is greatly appreciated any jobs that'll hire me etc?

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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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!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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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

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

I don't know, but it seems to me that if you were out with your trainer and he was in the other seat watching, then it would have a lot to do with what your trainer says.

In any case, do you know why it happened and how you could have prevented it? I think that's what you should tell them, and if you think you made a mistake don't leave that out. In any case, good luck

Thanks from hindsight I think I shouldn't of been out there.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

Glad that no one was injured.

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Cooperate with safety to the best of your ability.

Difficult to guess what they will do.

OK thanks

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

Hey Butta, welcome to the forum!

Dang boy, you sure know how to make a grand entrance!

When talking to your safety people be real careful about not laying the blame on the company's training, or pressure from your trainer, unless you can provide a recording of him giving you bad advice.

This is the time to own your responsibility and lay out the argument that you are a total newbie who has never driven a tractor trailer in the snow and ice before, and you are sorry but just didn't know how to handle the situation properly. Try to explain the lesson you learned, which was to shut down and take a break during really bad weather.

Chances are that they are going to have some questions for the trainer.

Which company are you training with?

Last winter we had a couple of rookies in here with Prime who both jack knifed their rigs on the same day, and same icy section of road. They both kept their jobs.

I drive with Western express thanks for the advice

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Will I get fired for a accident?

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

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