Got Run Into Owner Operator

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Tom S.'s Comment
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I was run into in Murrysville PA at the time I was leased on to a major carrier, I need to find a lawyer in PA. I was released to go back to work in January I’m now working locally, my occupational accident policy paid me while I was home and their finalizing the remainder of the medical bills now. All these lawyers deal with workman’s comp ect, I’m having a hard time finding someone who deals with my circumstances. I’m simply looking for the remainder of any medical bills and lost wages for the time period I was home about 4 months, looking for suggestions.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Tom, sorry to hear about your accident. Five months ago you told us this...

The company I’m leased to has decided to terminate my contract. I received an email this morning that’s states their case, they are strict, but I find it biased based on the fact that they list very minor incidents as crashes. Some were my own impatience some were not of my own doing, all were paid for by me my fault or not. I do have 1 accident I was left of center on 83 I took a guy’s mirror off last February. My OTP is near 100pr DOT compliance good, I’m making a list of companies to apply to and simply looking for input, I’ve been OTR for 3yrs an Owner Operator for 1/5 of that so half. I have 2 slow maneuvering and the left of center, I moved a rock out of place and hooked a door chain to some fence, I feel my performance and driving record are good

So, now you say...

I’m now working locally

But apparently you weren't working for four months if I understand you correctly. It sounds like you haven't worked much since your last post.

You said...

I was released to go back to work in January

We don't usually make a habit of helping people find attorneys. I'm not sure what you're thinking we could do for you. If the people who hit you had insurance then it shouldn't be too difficult to find someone to help you. This whole story seems to be missing a few pieces. It sounds like you don't have a case at all, otherwise most attorneys would be salivating to help you.

Were you cited at all in this accident? What's the deal?

We help rookie drivers learn how to make a decent start in this business, and we stress the importance of personal responsibility. We are also on record as constantly pointing out to the great financial pitfalls of owning your own truck. I think you just accidentally stumbled in here reinforcing all our teaching.


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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.


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.

Rainy 's Comment
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Yeah im confused. You got fired from the bus company after five years because you were a no call which wasnt your fault due to your fatigue and emotional distress of a family emergency. Your former boss is a sociopath...the CDL instructor was wrong and making you work hard to signed onto Schnedier and decided to go lease after a year. Then you got fired for excessive accidents which you say is a strict policy.... Then you were hit by someone, again not your fault.....

My suggestion is to take a deep look at yourself and figure out what is going on with you. Fedex wants one incident in 3 years. ONE so it is not unrealistic because there are drivers that can do that!

Im not sure what you want from us.


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.
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