Future Trucking Career With Accident On Record

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Jordan H.'s Comment
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Hello,

This is my first post. I am about to turn 21 and I've been looking into trucking as a career for a while now. My only worry is that I won't be able to find a company to take me on because of my driving record. Long story short, I rear ended someone in August of 2015. It is on my driving record as cake driving. I was still on my permit at the time. I got my license in January of 2016. That is the only conviction I have. No speeding tickets or anything like that. My record has been clean since that accident. Do you guys think that it is possible here in a few months for me to pursue a career in trucking? Would companies consider me with that on my record? I was thinking about getting my cdl through a company, and going with Swift, Prime, CR England, etc. Would these companies specifically still consider me? Thank you for your time.

Best,

Jordan.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I rear ended someone in August of 2015. It is on my driving record as cake driving. I was still on my permit at the time. I got my license in January of 2016

Does this mean you didnt have a license when the accident happened??

Most companies want 3+ years with accident. You may have to apply to several places to find one willing to accept you.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Jordan. Someone will certainly hire you. You're already beyond the 3 years of safe, ticket free driving that many companies require. Some may pass on you, but I suspect most will gladly take you on. Apply to many and see who throws you an offer.

You can Apply For Paid CDL Training write here through the website. Also check out these links:

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.
Jordan H.'s Comment
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Yes, I was still on my permit. I have already passed three years of safe driving.

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I rear ended someone in August of 2015. It is on my driving record as cake driving. I was still on my permit at the time. I got my license in January of 2016

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Does this mean you didnt have a license when the accident happened??

Most companies want 3+ years with accident. You may have to apply to several places to find one willing to accept you.

Jordan H.'s Comment
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Thank you for the reply! It's good to hear that I could still potentially get on as a driver. I was just super worried about it being an automatic red flag.

Welcome Jordan. Someone will certainly hire you. You're already beyond the 3 years of safe, ticket free driving that many companies require. Some may pass on you, but I suspect most will gladly take you on. Apply to many and see who throws you an offer.

You can Apply For Paid CDL Training write here through the website. Also check out these links:

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Just remember to be honest when applying, and answer only what they ask do not offer anymore info than necessary.

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