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Posted:  10 months ago

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Damaged load - drivers fault

Hello guys, I've wondered this off and on. Drivers are supposed to make sure load is secure on live loads, having the opportunity to take a look in the trailer before departure. I just had a live load. However the girl closed the doors and sealed the truck before I even got out. They assured me it's absolutely fine because she's good at loading...but I'm wondering how discipline works when damage is indeed the fault of the driver.

I've never had a claim of more than a box or two. If a significant portion of the load is damaged, what happens? Can someone get fired the first time for something significant? Or is it just a quick digging in the rear end by fleet manager and told to be more on top of it?

Posted:  11 months, 4 weeks ago

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Prime inc

Last couple times I was there, everyone had their own hotel room. Masks are required pretty much everywhere again because of the recent spike. Temperatures were constantly being taken at various locations along with the typical symptom questions at times.

Sorry if this has previously been answered and I missed it. I am about to attend prime inc and alot of the posts I saw where from years ago. I was wondering if anything has changed due to covid ie class sizes length of training sharing rooms etc

Thanks in advance

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Really appreciate the reassurance....means a lot coming from yourself (I'm guessing you're still at Prime). No, no other incidents other than that Swift truck running into me while parked at a Flying J (still can't believe it) Good point about admitting the reverse. Another driver was disappointed that I admitted it, saying to never admit such a thing. I think I need to tell him how terrible advice that is.

Take a minute and breathe.

No lawyers needed. Prime will pay the damages. Prime is not going to fire you. Worst case... They will send you to the safety SIM class which you have been here a year anyway right? So it is about time to redo that anyway. And you will get paid $100 for the class.

They know you wont feel it hit. Other people have swiped parked cars and not known. You are not going to get fleeing the scene. I will pay you $500 if you do.

I said that here publicly cause im that sure.

If you have no other incidents and have been a productive driver and on time they are not going to let you go for a minor thing. You didn't kill anyone... No one got run off the road.... The truck didn't flip...nothing was on fire...

And you didn't lie.... Cause they can actually see what gear you are in. Now... If you said you never reversed and she said you did and they pulled your stats and saw you in reverse... That would be a different story. They wouldn't trust a liar.

You will be fine.

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Yes, I've already made up in my mind I'll hire a lawyer if neccsary. No, no citations today. I just really hope the prosecutor/court is aware that is very difficult to feel a sedan hit the center of the rear bumper going likely less than 8 miles per hour. So frustrating.

From FMCSA website :

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§383.51 – Disqualifications of Drivers – General Questions

Guidance Q&A Question 4: What is meant by leaving the scene of an accident involving a CMV?

Guidance: As used in part 383, the disqualifying offense of “leaving the scene of an accident involving a CMV” is all-inclusive and covers the entire range of situations where the driver of the CMV is required by State law to stop after an accident and either give information to the other party, render aid, or attempt to locate and notify the operator or owner of other vehicles involved in the accident.

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I believe you have a valid argument about not feeling it. However if you do end up being cited and found guilty its a minimum of 1 year Disqualification from driving. Not trying to scare you just trying to shoot straight with you. The fact he didn't issue you that citation at the time should work out to your favor. Were you issued any citations at the scene? If you receive any tickets HIRE A LAWYER.

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Yes, I don't think it's fraud. I think I backed up, stopped in time.....but it caused her to run into me because she didn't expect me to be backing in that situation. The first cop actually told me she hit me. He left for some reason.....and the second cop said he wasn't sure...that's when I admitted to reversing....so we were just left unsure.

I'm just hoping I don't get charged after the fact with fleeing the scene. I think that would just about end things for me.... when all were talking is just some paint transfer/no injuries. I didn't feel it. She never blew the horn or anything. Would be a shame.

I hit submit too quick. I meant to say I am sorry this happened to you. We all learn some lessons out here the hard way. Hopefully this will stick with you and you'll always remember how serious the consequences are of backing up where you shouldn't.

We actually understand. There's been a lot of times where I was tempted to do something crazy in a truck, but the important thing is recognizing what's crazy and what is proper. Keep you head on straight and you will get it all figured out. Never back a truck up without knowing what is behind you or what could potentially come in behind you during the process.

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Yes, I really did learn from that. What about the repsonse of being charged with fleeing the scene? The cop seemed pretty convinced I possibly just didn't feel it. He did however say more investigation was needed. Do you think that's an automatic termination even if my license remains valid? That seems like it would be disastrous job wise. And it's something I genuinely did not do intentionally.

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You never reverse. Ever.

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This

You'll be fine. Acknowledge your fault and determine to never do it again.

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

They acted like it wasn't a big deal. However, it was night time Safety. They said daytime staff was more knowledge. I'm now worried about the matter of leaving the scene now however. I'm thinking they would have cited me then and there, no?

What did safety say to you? You talked to your fm? And do a micro 38 ?

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Yeah....she was behind me and never blow the horn or anything.

Man if they charge u for leaving the scene! Far worst than the accident.

Posted:  1 year ago

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First at fault accident

Hi All What I did was kind of stupid. I was at a traffic light in the right lane. I wanted to get into the left lane. I reversed a little....but then I saw a car trying to come out of a shopping center. Her car was perpendicular to the end of the trailer. So I have up on reversing...thought that was the end of it.

I was then approached by an officer at a Blue Beacon, saying she hit me. I didn't feel anything I definitely saw her (not even behind me yet). I talked to my trainer about this...he's thinking insurance fraud. The cops were convinced that I didn't "flee" the scene intentionally. Ultimately, this will probably be considered my fault.

How serious is first time at fault? I realize it's typically not that serious. However, I did reverse for a not very good reason. I'm still at Prime Inc

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Prime Flower Loads

I had a plant one, specifically, Home Depot. 14 stops!!! At some locations, I had to call and call. When dealing with *13* managers at the dropoffs, SOMEONE is going to be having a bad day.....yeah that happened a couple times (one of which her subordinates actually apologized for her) "she's going through some family things". When unloading, plants would inevitably tip over......topsoil and mulch all over the place, including between the pallets with blisters waiting with no gloves. Equipment/customers in the way shopping/loading plants/flowers. I've seen some driver's with super short tempers and a lot less patience than myself. It would be very interesting to see camera crews follow these guys on such loads. Cruel...but people would definitely watch.

Got my first flower load just now. I hear Prime people complaining about these all the time. Multiple stops, Driver unload. Anyone here have experience with the dreaded flower loads? Are they as bad as people say?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Yeah, hopefully you're correct. It's a very different place. 30 Daisy Hill Rd

You've been driving for over a year and a half. At this point you should have enough understanding of how to maneuver the trailer to eventually get it in there. It doesn't need to look good, just get it in there without hitting anything. You'll likely surprise yourself by getting in there much easier than last time you went.

You can do it! You really don't want to start rejecting loads (if they allow it) because it's difficult. Thats a quick way to end up on the s*** list. Besides, it'll help you improve your backing even more.

Which address in Canaan is it? I tried to look it up and there's 2 addresses

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Yes

Is this your shipper?

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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Hello All,

Anyone familiar with Specialty Minerals Inc in Cannon? I have to pick a load up there and remember really struggling when I went there last time. Is there a proven strategy for easily backing there?

The workers there said our trucks really have no business being there...(with a sleeper). I want to reject the load...I've never tried to reject anything before (but I am company). ***It's going to be at a time where there will probably be no one to help if I need it. I just feel like I'm going to need at least a little more experience until I'm comfortable with this place....it had a scary hill where it looks like you'll fall down if you make the wrong move. Thanks!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

It's about policy....not strictly party lines. The supposed new administration will indeed stagnate us relatively speaking. We had some good things going..USMCA, better tax rates, less regulation, new China deal, etc. Let's hope much doesn't get changed. That would be for the best.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Does Prime keep copy of CDL?

Well I guess it's obvious they have a copy of all driver's CDLs. But what's the standard practice if you lose your card out on the road? Do you automatically have to go back to your home state (to DMV) before you can drive again? Or do they fax a photocopy as a temporary replacement?

I have not asked my company yet because I want to look a little more in the truck first. A little stressed out though. Couldn't have happened at a worse time.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Florida Red Light Cameras

Hi All,

It was a close call.. however I did indeed run a red light in Florida. I thought I had more time left on the yellow, and thought it was the safest thing to do. It flashed me. What is the process as far as the company is concerned?

A random guy told me the cameras are aimed too low to capture the plate. My trainer told me either way, Prime will just make me pay the ticket and not give me too hard a time because I have a completely clean record.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Currently overweight at WS

I paid nearly a thousand dollars. I was over a couple thousand pounds. Officer claimed he took it easy on me.

Ouch. If you have to offload it must have been over a good bit. If it is just a little usually 1k or less most will give you a ticket and let you roll. It will be up to your company how fast things move.

The bond may or may not be the actual fine. Different states do things somewhat different.

Here is my question. Customers scales may not always be the best maintained. How close were you? Did you reweigh on a cat scale? Did you get fuel after the shipper before reaching the weigh station?

All these things come into play. Sounds like you have had a hard lesson here.

Let us know how it turns out please

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Currently overweight at WS

Guys,

So even though the shipper scale had me just legal, I'm over weight at the weigh station. How long does it typically take to get offloaded? Is the "bond" the actual fine you have to pay?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Prime pay raise & guarantee Team Pay

When I received this fleet message today, it made me consider teaming for the very first time. That consideration lasted about 60 seconds. I must sleep in a stationary truck without road noise. I don't see how you guys do it. I can't even sleep in my truck without earplugs while it's sitting sill. Those expensive earplugs are a must! It amazes me to see some of you do it year round for multiple years. No time to workout either....cant do it. I applaud you guys and gals.

Prime announced a new starting pay today and an increase in the team bonus as well as team guarantee pay.

All company drivers are getting a 1cpm raise, making starting pay at 46cpm for a full size on reefer and 51cpm for a lightweight. Including bonuses this gives a new driver a potential average for about 56cpm in a lightweight.

Also team company drivers are now guaranteed $1425 per week while out and got a bonus bump as well.

IMO this is going to put the lease ops at a disadvantage because right now many hire co-drivers at $1000 per week. Why team with a lease Op who will act like your boss when you can make a lot more money and be with an equal?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Sitting Pain

Get an Ultimate Royal Purple cushion. Take a knife and cut it in two. Place each leg (hamstring) on each half piece. This will elevate all the pressure off the middle of your butt. Weird but works.

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