My First Accident.

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Chris eff's Comment
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Well today i had my first real accident today in a loves parking lot. Ill admit i was a bit exhausted and or fatigued during the time. I was trying to do a 90 in a spot. I hit an older 379 pete no serious damage. I dented the driver side intake and cracked the fender. I was backing and was going get out and look after i pushed the trailer just a bit more when i heard a small crunch hoping it wasn't what i thought it was. Wish i had gon with my gut on this one. Anyways got it all sorted out and took the proper steps. I know i wont get license points but how long do accidents stay on your record? How many csa points do you get? How do you obtain your DAC?

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

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.

Chris eff's Comment
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Dented intake cracked fender. Could be much worse.

Chris eff's Comment
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Yousa don wrecked my truck!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Man, that's a huge bummer. I don't know what I can say that you don't already know.

In my opinion, one of the things that makes trucking so difficult is that you can never let your guard down. It's super hard to be on guard and vigilant all the time. It's not like watching TV or mowing the lawn where you can pretty much relax and let your mind wander and not really pay attention. The moment you take something for granted or let your guard down things can go wrong. It's so tough being sharp all the time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chuck S.'s Comment
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No moving violations... that's a good point in all of this. No one was injured... that's a great point in all of this.

Now just pay off the cost of the damage and chalk it up to time served, never forget the mistake you made, and remember when you are at the end of a long day and you are that tired ... that's when stuff like this happens.

Best of luck in the future...

Chris eff's Comment
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Thanks guys. He wasnt in there which may have been good. Sometimes people over react and i didnt know what reaction i was going to get...would he/she want to fight? Bring a gun? Get loud? Get hostile? Talk down on me?? He came as needed by his company. Pretty laid back and calm. I apologized...offered him coffee. He told me about his two younger step brothers and i talked to him on the phone before he arrived which may have helped. I had two cases of pop tarts in the truck waiting to give to family when i get home. (Left overs from a kellogs run). I gave him a case. For hom and his brothers. Turned out pretty well. Going to take better care of me so im sharp and "not let my gaurd down".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Totally understand your frustration. My first and hopefully only fender bender I was so tired and frustrated after a tiring day. Clipped a guy's head light. Just the other night at a Love's was trying like hell to get it into a spot and I was so tired I just couldn't do it. Really tight because a pick up and a camper took more than his space. Seems like I tried for 10 minutes. And said to hell with it. Really irritates me when those guys don't go to a RV Park. Just as I was leaving the lot to try somewhere else I saw a truck pull out and I took his spot along the curb. I thought go ahead wake me up in an hour and tell me to move things will be better. LOL

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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Anyways got it all sorted out and took the proper steps. I know i wont get license points but how long do accidents stay on your record? How many csa points do you get? How do you obtain your DAC?

Most companies will look at accidents on a MVR and PSP.. When They run the reports they are normally on a 7 year report.. However.. Most companies will and can hire as long as no more then one or 2 on a MVR or PSP in past 3 years.. It also depends on the seriousness of it.. Something like this will normally not be on a PSP.. But possibly reported to the MVR by the company or an officer if a report was made.. Many companies will document something like this as is a written warning to you, but never file it. They will pay for damages (possibly charge you for that) and not report to insurance to keep insurance down, or possibly they are self insured.. Things like this will not hurt you to bad on Record unless there are several in a year or so span..

They suck, they make ya feel bad or stupid when they happen, but they happen.. Don't loose a lot of sleep over it, and remember to GOAL..

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Chris eff's Comment
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I called and requested an officer but they were taking forever. So after all the necessary steps i called back and asked if it was okay to leave and they said yes. On an after thought im glad they never made it.

Chris eff's Comment
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I forgot to mention the driver was younger than me by like two years. I think he said he was 25. Somehow that was a relief...i felt like i hit my little brothers car or truck in this case verses some road veterans ride not that it makes it any better.

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