Will My Accidents Be Reported?

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Alias's Comment
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I have been driving for one year and in that year, I made a bunch of mistakes. I had 4 minor accidents and 1 weigh scale violation. None of the accidents happened on the road, they were all backing or blindside object related.

My company is self insured and I would report these accidents to them. No police reports were ever made, only one time did I do any damage to anything but my truck.

I looked up my psp report and all it had was my weigh scale violation. Waiting on my DAC report now.

The problem is, I want to leave my company and I don't think anyone else will hire me if these accidents are on record anywhere. If they look up my DAC and PSP scores and they are clean, will I be good? Or do I have to worry about them calling my old company and getting a list of everything that happened?

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Unfortunately it's impossible to say. We have no idea if your current company will put that stuff on your DAC or not. We also have no idea if they made any sort of insurance claims or written records of the incidents.

And naturally we can't tell you to lie on your applications.

So it's gonna be a judgment call on your part. I also think you're going to have a heck of a time finding a job with that many incidents on your record. So you might leave the company you're at and find it very difficult to go anywhere else. As tolerant as they have been I would seriously make sure the grass is way, way greener wherever you're thinking about going. Also, ask the company you're leaving if they will rehire you or not. This is something most companies keep track of when a driver leaves.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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This could be your ticket out of the industry. I would stick with your current company for an additional year and in that year be even more vigilant. Focus on that year of safe driving.

I just dont see them not putting anything on your record, sometimes companies put it on after you leave especially if you went out on a bad note. This move is simply too risky and dangerous to make in your shoes in my opinion.

RedGator's Comment
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I have a total of 8 incidents listed on my DAC some preventable some not. Generally companies report to DAC within 30 days of seperation. I was fired from my first company. My new job pays .51 cpm as opposed to the .44cpm I was making. Sometimes change is good. Also keep in mind that you can dispute or add whatever comments to your DAC. My only advice would be if you do leave. Leave the right way. With a notice. Also turn the truck in to an approved location.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.

David's Comment
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I was in this same boat a few months back.... I had 3 accidents at my former employer. none DOT reportable or police involved, however, they are/where in my employee file so when a company would do any type of employment verification, they would always get the 3 accidents.. It screwed me up at prime when I first found out as I didn't report them on my application. was sent home on day 2 of orientation at Prime as they classified it as "Lying"..

as it was said before, I too recommend you tough it out for a good solid year with no accidents or anything, and then while your still employed, look for something else.. At least by having a job, if a company says no due to your record, you'll still have income coming in...

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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