Hit And Run Truck Damage

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Has anyone had their truck hit while parked? In the last 3 weeks my truck has been hit 3 times. The first was while I was parked at a Pilot. No real damage, just a scuff on the front bumper. Second time while parked waiting to unload at a factory. Guy pulling out of dock was texting on his phone while pulling ahead and while turning left, his trailer hit my trailer. Again, just a bump and no damage. The third time I was away from the truck for about 30 minutes. Someone took out my curb side mirror and tore off the curb side cab extender and left the scene. I could not find any witnesses and there was no video surveillance available. Is this stuff common?

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm sure stuff like that happens, but it seems you're getting a really bad run of luck. I'd really pay attention to where you are parking and make sure you aren't on the end of a row and near higher traffic areas at truck stops.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Susan, good suggestion for me to remember. The first hit I took was from a very young rookie right out of school. He jumped out of his truck right away and was really scared. I tried to calm him down because I thought he was about to burst into tears. And here's a lesson I learned from the incident: When something like this happens, STOP the moving truck or both moving trucks if it can be done safely. Evaluate the situation before anyone moves and figure out the best was to get separation of the trucks. Don't get angry, that just makes things worse. In this case it was obvious that if he pulled forward he would have ripped the bumper loose on the side he hit. I had about 12" of room to back up but it was enough to get us separated so he could pull forward. Then I helped him reset and back in correctly. After that, we had a brief discussion about what happened and how to avoid it in the future. He was worried I was going to call it in, but I assured him I wasn't. He acted like I'd just saved him from drowning but I hope someone gives me a break in a similar situation.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I like parking in a far back row for a reason lol.. I need the exercise and nobody trying to cut around a tight corner. The closer you are to the building at a truck stop, the more incoming and outgoing traffic you are going to have close to your truck.

Jamie's Comment
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I've been hit three times as well, all minor damage. Nothing really worth calling in about, very small scrapes.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My trailer was hit in "the caves". Guy pulled in too fast, hit parked cars, pulled back and hit my trailer while.i was in a door, then pulled forward again and took out some more cars.

There one dock where you back onto these ramps that lift your tail. the ramps seem so skinny to me and i was terrified and.going.slow the first time. this guy came flying around me, mad i took so long, slammed back, and his trailer fell off the ramp and leaned onto mine.

My FM laughed and said, "as long as you didnt get hurt and didnt do it, its all good".

Fm:

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.
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