Fired For Accident And Not Sure What To Do.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks for the laugh after a 4hour drive, and 4 more hours of parking practice, in the dark. Parking when you can't see the parking space is frustrating

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Just wait until your trying to back into a dock or spot with the sun or a bright light right in your eyes so it literally looks like a black hole behind you.

There are no lights on the range, so they have one of those crank up lights in the middle, with a light pointed at the offset cones, and the other pointed at the parallel cones.

So yes, it is in your eyes, and just to sweeten the pot, as soon as you start backing in, your truck blocks the light anyway.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Aaron M.'s Comment
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I guess I will add my $0.02 into this conversation.

Very interesting read here and excellent advice from the members. I have 2 years experience. Had one preventable last year as I was backing into a dock. I hit the truck besides me. I didn't G.O.A.L. 100% MY FAULT!!!!

The damage to his truck was so minimum however, you really couldn't see it. He told me not to worry about it and he wasn't going to report it to his company. He was a company driver as was I. It was a few light scratches. Good thing I back slowly haha.

Anyways, I still reported it to my company i was working for. They appreciated me reporting it but I did get into trouble and had to go through verbal counseling, as well as a backing test. I don't think they put this on my MVR though. It was with a mega carrier.

During the counseling, my DM asked me what could I have done to prevent that accident. I told them "G.O.A.L.!!!" They agreed.

Regardless of how minor the damage, IT'S STILL AN ACCIDENT!

I take the blame 100% and was mad at myself for a few weeks after that. I'm good now though but I will never forget it and it will NEVER happen again. 2 years ago when I was still training to get my CDL , the instructor at the school told us to "protect our license". NOBODY can make you do anything you don't feel comfortable in doing.

Now granted, i've never had a DM tell me to keep driving even if I was tired, but if I did, that truck ain't movin. I have called my DM's to tell them I was too tired to keep driving and they told me to PARK IT!! I did and everything was all good in the hood.

There is a youtube video of a guy a few years ago who called his DM to tell him he was too tired to drive. The DM tried to make him drive that truck but he wasn't budging. The DM threatened him and even told him he will get a service failure but the driver didn't care. He was tired and didn't want to cause an accident. He was "protecting his license". From what I heard the DM got into trouble but I don't know if he got fired or not. Either way, the driver got his rest, and still has his license.

Moral of the story: PROTECT YOUR LICENSE!!!

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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There was a robust discussion about that video, if memory serves, on this site. It seemed like the driver was working to create drama for the sake of YouTube.

Mik D.'s Comment
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I have shut myself down on a rush FedEx job,(had to was so burnt out st that point) or just fatigued(found a Wal-Mart with truck parking 10 or so spaces), or taken multiple sleep breaks, multiple sleeps mean ramps,....... By mean stopped, company repowered my loads, which was expected....

Watch being burnt out...

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