Hit And Run Mirror Damage?

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Logan M.'s Comment
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So I got woken up by the driver next to me in a rest area, someone had hit his mirror on the side and left, he was asking me if I happened to hear anything or if I knew what truck was next to him.

It got me wondering what is the procedure for that? If you wake up to a broken mirror, obviously you weren't at fault but finding the guilty party seems like an awfully big challenge there. I'm personally gonna keep my fingers crossed I don't encounter that situation myself but it never hurts to know just in case.

Thanks in advance safe driving everyone

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It is a little time consuming but no big deal. Someone hit my trailer and I found it on pre trip. I took pics and sent them to road assist and safety. They asked a bunch of questions we have a report in the qualcomm. .. safety told me if it happens in a truck stop to leave my name with manager. If the guy comes back and tries to say I did it.. they can prove I was not moving with the qc. Did not go on my record and I paid nothing. But I'm a compnay driver... lease ops pay the damage or use insurance

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Logan M.'s Comment
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That's what I was trying to figure out, seems like calling the cops over a mirror is an awful lot of trouble to go through especially if you don't have the details on the truck or witnesses

David's Comment
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That's what I was trying to figure out, seems like calling the cops over a mirror is an awful lot of trouble to go through especially if you don't have the details on the truck or witnesses

Actually it's not a bad idea to call the local PD and get a police report filed. Be sure to get the local PD number, officer name and badge number and send it in with any message to safety. With the PD report & QC unit not showing you moving or on duty/driving is more ammo in you bag.

I had a bobtail park next to me and he broke the window on my side bunk door with his door. It was a tight squeeze even for a BT. He didn't t flee or move, actually waited for me to he back from my shower and let me know and had already called the local PD (there are some good drivers out there still). I sent a message in to safety, gave the PD report number along with phone numbers and insurance info. 20 min phone call and that was it. Was routed to a shop for new Window

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Intellectual Ape's Comment
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I am impressed by the integrity of this bobtail driver you mentioned, David. Most cases like this the driver at-fault has an "OH SNAP" reaction and takes off as fast as his vehicle's governor will allow him. I've had other vehicles back into me twice and they are never around by the time I realize damage has occurred.

...thinking about this makes me worry about leaving my truck at the truck stop during home time now. Hopefully nothing stupid happens this time.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

David's Comment
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I am impressed by the integrity of this bobtail driver you mentioned, David. Most cases like this the driver at-fault has an "OH SNAP" reaction and takes off as fast as his vehicle's governor will allow him. I've had other vehicles back into me twice and they are never around by the time I realize damage has occurred.

...thinking about this makes me worry about leaving my truck at the truck stop during home time now. Hopefully nothing stupid happens this time.

Yeah there are some out there that have integrity. Others just don't give a crap and would move or leave. Those are the ones you see leaving trash everywhere.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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