1 Reckless Driving Will Other Companies Hire Me?

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Jonathan C.'s Comment
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hello. I am a fairly new CDL holder (little less over a year driving solo). everything is going well except a few weeks ago I had an accident at a receiver whos did not have his entry or exit gates marked. I went to the wrong one so I tried to back up a little bit so I could turn in a trailer yard right next to it but I did not notice there was a median with a lightpole ( dumb mistake). long story short I did not measure the turn and my trailer ended up ripping the pole. there was a report done and at first they told me everything was right. next thing I know I get a ticket in the mail stating a reckless driving violation. This has been my only ticket ever even before CDL driving and I am very worried and upset about it. I already called another company and they blatantly told me no. I need some opinions on some more experienced drivers please

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Jonathan, two things:

1. GOAL works for any time you need to back up a trailer, not just in docks and truck stops.

2. Have your heard from your DM? If you've been accident free in your first year, there's a possibility you still have a job. You may have to take some classes, but you could still get back on the road.

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.
Jonathan C.'s Comment
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I am currently employed but I fear I might not be able to go anywhere else.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I am currently employed but I fear I might not be able to go anywhere else.

Generally speaking, it sounds like your best bet is to hold on to what you have, and be a model driver for at least a year.

I doubt you are the only driver that has done something like that. In fact, your company believes you could still be a decent driver. Prove then right.

Remember that old saying that the best way to treat falling off a horse is to get back on the same one, and ride.

Old School's Comment
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I am currently employed but I fear I might not be able to go anywhere else.

Jonathan, you are not sentenced for life! The best thing to do now is to concentrate on getting in one safe year where you are at! If they keep you on it is because they see potential in you, and you should honor that by being a model employee at this point. Get a full year behind you with no accidents before you start hankering for that greener grass. Trust me, there are a ton of rookies out here who thought they saw greener grass only to find that what they had was better than they realized.

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the kind words guys. The only reason I ask about other companies is because my wife is gonna start her CDL journey soon with the goal of team driving. problem is my current company does not has team driving positions. Do you guys think the 'big' starter companies would hire me? that is where she will most likely get her CDL experience so I thought why not jump in with her

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
DumDriver's Comment
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Fight the ticket 1st of all. Don't just pay it (hopefully it's not too late). What happens after court will determine a lot. Chances are they'll reduce the ticket

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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I really don't mind where we go. I am 24 and she is 22 we have no kids so I can easily pay off my rent/bills even with low paychecks. plus, I really enjoy driving OTR. I actually feel proud when I tell people I am a truck driver.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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Fight the ticket 1st of all. Don't just pay it (hopefully it's not too late). What happens after court will determine a lot. Chances are they'll reduce the ticket

That's the problem. I paid the ticket thinking if I did it would just go away. I had never dealed with tickets since it was my first ever so I didn't know how that stuff works.

Jonathan C.'s Comment
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Fight the ticket 1st of all. Don't just pay it (hopefully it's not too late). What happens after court will determine a lot. Chances are they'll reduce the ticket

That's the problem. I paid the ticket thinking if I did it would just go away. I had never dealed with tickets since it was my first ever so I didn't know how that stuff works.

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