I Had A Rollover And Can't Find Work

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Steven W.'s Comment
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So my driving record is ****ty from the start of my CDL I've been driving a year otr didnt have a problem with companies hiring me with a ****ty record in the first place. So Oct. I had a guy run me off the road I put the in the ditch and laid it over no one hurt no damage to the other 4 wheeler he kept going and didnt stop. Of course the people behind me wouldnt write a statement but they saw everything and stop to see if I was alright. Now I cant these insurance companies to approve me and I'm getting my DAC fixed.So I'm asking for help and what should I do now my family is starving I cant pay my cdl tuition and all I want to do is drive. Any body steer me in the right direction and if u say go with a larger company well I've applied for 74 companies in the that 2weeks turn down after turn down!! Please help me!!

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.

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My suggestion....look for another industry. You got off lucky no one was hurt and you werent killed. You might not get so lucky next time.

You admit you had a lousy driving record before you got a CDL.

Then because a car cut you off, you rolled the truck into a ditch. You did that, not the car. When the car began to pass you, you should have been driving defensively and reduced your speed. This would increase your following distance as he continued to speed. Your fault.

74 companies turned you down and you want us to steer you in a direction? Rollovers are usually the kiss of death.

Try Carolina Cargo which is a second chance company.

But honestly, until you accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes, this will keep happening.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Rainy is correct, that you will have a super hard time finding a company to take you on, with a rollover.

However.... Sometimes things happen that you have absolutely no control over. You could be doing everything 100% correct, and another driver can do something that you have zero chance of evading. It happens, even to the best of drivers.

My suggestion....look for another industry. You got off lucky no one was hurt and you werent killed. You might not get so lucky next time.

You admit you had a lousy driving record before you got a CDL.

Then because a car cut you off, you rolled the truck into a ditch. You did that, not the car. When the car began to pass you, you should have been driving defensively and reduced your speed. This would increase your following distance as he continued to speed. Your fault.

74 companies turned you down and you want us to steer you in a direction? Rollovers are usually the kiss of death.

Try Carolina Cargo which is a second chance company.

But honestly, until you accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes, this will keep happening.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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This is a good example of the need to have a dashcam, either one installed by your carrier, your own personal one or both.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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This is a good example of the need to have a dashcam, either one installed by your carrier, your own personal one or both.

A dash cam wouldn't matter... he went into a ditch and "laid it"... roll overs are at least a $300,000 loss due to paying for cranes, tows, local authorities, damaged freight.

Losing control of your vehicle is not good. we aren't talking being pushed onto the side of the shoulder or something...a rollover is serious business.

We are the professional drivers and need to expect people to do stupid things and need to have a plan "out" every second of our day. This isnt a trailer scrape. And he is taking no responsibility and bragged that he got hired with a lousy record.

So companies took a chance on him with a lousy record and he proved he couldnt be trusted. He could easily have killed someone, but what has he learned? It was the 4 wheelers fault and the witnesses fault. Witnesses could have said "the car cut him off" and it would STILL be a preventable on his DAC.

Im curious about the line "Im getting my DAC fixed." How?

Please Steven, tell us what you learned from the experience?

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.

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