I Have 2 Minor (personal) At Fault Accidents And 1 Moving Violation.

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Madstackz's Comment
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So basically I have 1 moving violation that's a little over 2 years, a at fault accident that's 2 years old, and one I recently got. I kinda screwed myself on the last one bc it really wasnt my fault and I could explain why but what good would that do?

Anyways, for those in situations such as myself, or for anyone that just wants to give their opinion or facts, how hard would it be to get a good driving job now. I am currently employed. I have not reported this to my employer because legally I am not required (only convicted citations are required). But I recently interviewed for another job. Food service to be exact. I have had my cdls for 5 years. Never been in a cmv accident. I know places like swift will hire me, but that's not most desirable. If I got to in the end then I got to. I'm not above doing what's needed. So again my question is anyone know if there's any chance a more desirable driving company would hire me still?

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I am currently employed.

So, what's the problem? Why are you seeking another job? You said this...

I'm not above doing what's needed.

So, why not stay where you are? I'm sure it must be much better than Swift. You already seem to know which companies are desirable. It's no surprise how you follow the ignorant masses in your disdain for one of the most successful trucking companies on the planet, but it surprises me you're asking us for recommendations since you've already got most of this stuff figured out.

By the way, since you've never worked for Swift, how about giving us a break and save your criticism for something you actually have some first hand knowledge about. One of our first rules in here is "B.S. gets called out." I parked yesterday next to a Swift Driver - his truck was emblazoned with decals indicating he had 7 million safe miles with Swift! I guess someone forgot to give him the memo about how bad a company they are.

The problem here seems to be your driving record. Did Swift have anything to do with that? I suggest you figure out how to be a better driver and get off your "high horse" about companies being beneath you. I'm just kind of like that though. I've always considered a driver's success to be bound up in his own performance.

Trucking Is A Competition Between Drivers. It's unfortunate how you see it as a competition that's based on the name displayed on the truck. Hopefully you'll hang around with us long enough to figure out how to put in the effort it takes to become a Top Tier Driver, of course that will mean you're going to have to break down all of the stereotypical thinking that has hindered your career this far. What do you think? Can you set yourself free and make some progress as a professional driver? It's all up to you at this point. I've tried to lead you to the water... It will be up to you to take the drink.

Madstackz's Comment
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I am currently employed.

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So, what's the problem? Why are you seeking another job? You said this...

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I'm not above doing what's needed.

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So, why not stay where you are? I'm sure it must be much better than Swift. You already seem to know which companies are desirable. It's no surprise how you follow the ignorant masses in your disdain for one of the most successful trucking companies on the planet, but it surprises me you're asking us for recommendations since you've already got most of this stuff figured out.

By the way, since you've never worked for Swift, how about giving us a break and save your criticism for something you actually have some first hand knowledge about. One of our first rules in here is "B.S. gets called out." I parked yesterday next to a Swift Driver - his truck was emblazoned with decals indicating he had 7 million safe miles with Swift! I guess someone forgot to give him the memo about how bad a company they are.

The problem here seems to be your driving record. Did Swift have anything to do with that? I suggest you figure out how to be a better driver and get off your "high horse" about companies being beneath you. I'm just kind of like that though. I've always considered a driver's success to be bound up in his own performance.

Trucking Is A Competition Between Drivers. It's unfortunate how you see it as a competition that's based on the name displayed on the truck. Hopefully you'll hang around with us long enough to figure out how to put in the effort it takes to become a Top Tier Driver, of course that will mean you're going to have to break down all of the stereotypical thinking that has hindered your career this far. What do you think? Can you set yourself free and make some progress as a professional driver? It's all up to you at this point. I've tried to lead you to the water... It will be up to you to take the drink.

Hey for one I wasnt downing any driver or company. But thanks for insulting me. When you think of swift, prime, us Express, etc. You think of otr. Majority of their drivers is otr. I dont care to do otr because I can make as much money being home alot more. My first job was flat bed and otr.. it was McElroy. I consider that a less desirable job although I loved how I was treated. Just wanted to be home more.

My reasons for wanting to leave the company I'm currently at is my reasons. But if I dont within the next 6 months they'll check my mvr again. They'll see that accident, they'll investigate, and there is a possibility I could be let go because of insurance. It's better to know my options 6 months in advance than wait until the last month.

I hate that to you're standards I am not a top tier driver. Although for the 5 years I've driven, I have not ever got 1 violation (DOT), never got a citation, never in a accident, never even had a backing accident, and never failed or got a violation on an inspection while driving a truck. Yes I drive my personal vehicles or have in the past worse than I would in a truck. Now I don't. Did I tell you that my last accident really wasnt my fault. Basically to shorten it, no to minimum damage was done to anyone vehicle. Someone hit me from behind. I had some distance and let of the brakes so that the guy behind me didnt destroy my car. That push was just enough that I couldnt stop before the next car. If I didn't let off my brakes I could be injured right now considering I was in a Honda civic and the guy that hit me was in a Toyota Tacoma. Basically I didnt take pictures bc I was worried about getting off the interstate since I was at a bridge, and we all agreed to just go and not call the cops. Cops called me 3 hours later and wrote a report and basically said bc I have no proof the other vehicle didn't exist. And supposedly the person I hit had all this damage done and tried to say I ran from the scene.

But again does anyone know of desirable jobs (home most everyday, decent pay. For ex: food service and/or ltl. Ltl like old dominion, food service like us foods), that you believe would still hire me with my current situation?

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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But again does anyone know of desirable jobs (home most everyday, decent pay. For ex: food service and/or ltl. Ltl like old dominion, food service like us foods), that you believe would still hire me with my current situation?

With two accidents and a ticket in a little over two years? I don't think you're going to have much luck finding a good job with a reputable company.

I know places like swift will hire me

Actually I don't know that they would.

And supposedly the person I hit had all this damage done and tried to say I ran from the scene.

This is the second person in two days that did absolutely nothing wrong but is getting screwed by the police and other people they supposedly never wronged. Incredible how that keeps happening to certain types.

I suggest sticking with the company you're working for and hope they keep you around. No one is going to be able to justify hiring you to their insurance company with your recent record.

I know it probably sounds crazy, but if you're going to make a living driving you should probably be a responsible, cautious driver. It's amazing how much that helps with your driving career.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Old School's Comment
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When you think of swift, prime, us Express, etc. You think of otr.

You may think that, but Swift and U.S. Express actually have a ton of local opportunities that are run in daycabs. Forgive me if I jumped to a conclusion, but your response didn't help change my mind.

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.

Madstackz's Comment
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Actually I don't know that they would.

Well from what I read there requirements as far as accidents is no more than 2 major accidents in 2 years for swift.

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And supposedly the person I hit had all this damage done and tried to say I ran from the scene.

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This is the second person in two days that did absolutely nothing wrong but is getting screwed by the police and other people they supposedly never wronged. Incredible how that keeps happening to certain types.

I suggest sticking with the company you're working for and hope they keep you around. No one is going to be able to justify hiring you to their insurance company with your recent record.

I know it probably sounds crazy, but if you're going to make a living driving you should probably be a responsible, cautious driver. It's amazing how much that helps with your driving career.

Well that's why I am here asking. Honestly the company I interviewed for the accident happened afterwards. I am truly hoping they already checked my record before the accident. If so I wont have to worry for another year. After making 90-100g that year, I think I could manage especially considering that the ticket and first accident I was truly at fault for would be past the 3 year mark. But If they haven't checked it yet then they do and see this new accident, then I guess it's just up to the insurance to say yes or no. They say no I'll keep this one long enough til I get let go of or find another one.

And btw yes it was my stupidity that didnt get pictures and etc. Although the accident wasnt truly my fault, me being a driver and not even thinking about taking pictures in a personal accident was not wise on my part.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If you're looking at food service check out Performance Food Group (PFG). I cant tell ya for sure that they'd hire you but in my area they hired a guy who fell asleep behind the wheel and rolled a truck at previous company, and kept a different employee around until he rolled a truck after falling asleep a third time. I cant say for certain they'd hire you but perhaps its worth checking out. They're hiring in Greensboro for a driver paid hourly under the "Vistar" brand.

Bill F.'s Comment
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You hit a person from behind; But it's not really your fault.

You conspired to avoid reporting an accident; But it's not really your fault.

You are trying to hide this accident from your current and future employer/s; But it's not really your fault.

You really need to reassess your idea of what personal responsibility really is. Because you don't have a clue...

Will H.'s Comment
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I am not piling on, but for my own info.. I think I read in the hand book that you have 1 month(?) To report an accident even a non commercial one to your employer... or was that just guidelines or did I dream it?

Madstackz's Comment
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If you're looking at food service check out Performance Food Group (PFG). I cant tell ya for sure that they'd hire you but in my area they hired a guy who fell asleep behind the wheel and rolled a truck at previous company, and kept a different employee around until he rolled a truck after falling asleep a third time. I cant say for certain they'd hire you but perhaps its worth checking out. They're hiring in Greensboro for a driver paid hourly under the "Vistar" brand.

I saw that man but wasnt sure how strict they were. I knew mdi was strict, and IFH was owned by Alex lee (before pfg bought them) who also owned mdi.

I'll look at applying for them. Appreciate the comment.

I am not piling on, but for my own info.. I think I read in the hand book that you have 1 month(?) To report an accident even a non commercial one to your employer... or was that just guidelines or did I dream it?

Nah as far as I know the law states that moving violations once convicted you have 30 days I believe to report it to your employer. But it doesnt state accidents. I never got a citation for the accident because the cop never was there nor did he even go to see my cars damages. I asked him to just to see that I had some damage from the rear of my vehicle and so I can show proof of what I was saying but he never did. Nor did he mention a 3rd vehicle in the report. Maybe I should've just not picked up the call but I did and I was honest with him.

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