I Have A Rollover. I’m Looking For A Company That Will Accept Me.

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Antoine C.'s Comment
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I Have a Rollover. I’m looking for a company that will accept me.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How long ago was it? What tickets/citations did you receive? How long have you been driving? The biggest thing is what did you learn from this incident? Rollovers are extremely bad in this industry as they're ALWAYS preventable. However, if you're able to explain what you did that caused it, and what you will do differently in the future somebody may take a chance on you.

Rainy 's Comment
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I would try one of the training companies and ask for an extended period of training.

If you have some drive time solo, and no tickets or other accidents, you may be able to admit your fault and convince them you have learned your lesson.

Of course, you gave us little to go on....have you learned your lesson?

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.
Mike D.'s Comment
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Huge bummer. It can easily happen to anyone. I hope it works out for you.

Old School's Comment
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Antoine, that's a tough one. A roll over is a preventable accident of which you'll have to be able to convince a potential employer you learned valuable lessons from. We all wish you the best, but I just don't know what direction to point you in. Start applying everywhere and be very upfront in any conversations you have with a recruiter.

I've seen Western Express hire someone after opening up the top of another company's tractor with a low bridge. You might give it a shot, but be prepared to explain what you've learned from this accident. Own it as your own mistake - don't prepare excuses, only lessons learned.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Antoine, that's a tough one. A roll over is a preventable accident of which you'll have to be able to convince a potential employer you learned valuable lessons from. We all wish you the best, but I just don't know what direction to point you in. Start applying everywhere and be very upfront in any conversations you have with a recruiter.

I've seen Western Express hire someone after opening up the top of another company's tractor with a low bridge. You might give it a shot, but be prepared to explain what you've learned from this accident. Own it as your own mistake - don't prepare excuses, only lessons learned.

According to Safety. It has been an exceptionally bad year for roll overs.

NeeklODN's Comment
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My noob question is, how are ALL rollovers preventable? I mean I can def see taking a turn to fast is preventable but what about other scenarios? What if someone pulls out in front of you and you swerve off into the ditch and roll over?

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I saw a parked truck get blown over. Definitely not preventable. But yes, technically, all driving rollovers are preventable. In certain scenarios, a rollover may not be your fault, being caused by another driver or 4 wheeler. But someone will always criticize the driver for "not doing this," or, "doing that."

I almost had a rollover when a very strong wind gust, lifted my trailer tandems off the ground. I almost needed a new pair of shorts, after that one.

My noob question is, how are ALL rollovers preventable? I mean I can def see taking a turn to fast is preventable but what about other scenarios? What if someone pulls out in front of you and you swerve off into the ditch and roll over?

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Old School's Comment
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In certain scenarios, a rollover may not be your fault, being caused by another driver or 4 wheeler. But someone will always criticize the driver for "not doing this," or, "doing that."

It's not so much that others will "criticize the driver for not doing this, or not doing that." It's simply that most safety directors will consider them as preventable accidents. Think up a scenario where you'd consider it someone else's fault, then think through the principles in the "Smith System," and how you could have applied them in that same situation, and I think you'll begin to understand why they are considered as preventable accidents.

Rob T.'s Comment
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My noob question is, how are ALL rollovers preventable? I mean I can def see taking a turn to fast is preventable but what about other scenarios? What if someone pulls out in front of you and you swerve off into the ditch and roll over?

The scenario you mentioned would still be considered preventable in my opinion because you chose to take the ditch. I think taking the ditch is a much better option than rear ending a vehicle but unfortunately it's a lose/lose situation. It seems to be the best option, however defensive driving and anticipating a vehicle doing something stupid like that could help avoid being in that situation. One thing I've gotten in the habit of to try and avoid this is if it's a high traffic area doing a little under the speed limit. It will help maintain safe following distance but also give you more time to react if that happens. If I'm on a 4 lane divided highway in the middle of no where (typically US Highways) if traffic is minimal I will move into the hammer lane if I see a vehicle approaching to allow them to enter after they've stopped. It's not always possible, but it helps ease the worry that they will pull out in front of me.

Danielsahn I had a similar situation! Wind gusts up to 60 mph and I was doing 40 I believe. I watched my driver side tandems come off the ground and heard it slam back down. Very uneasy feeling. It was my first experience with wind that strong and I underestimated the affect it would have on an empty trailer.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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