Truck Stop Minor Accident

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EJ C.'s Comment
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Hey guys, so I had my first oopsie. And I just need to know what kind of consecuences I’m going to face and if this will be a career ender.

Was pulling into a Love’s today, in my last 14 minutes of my 11 hours; exhausted as hell I made the dumb choice of turning into the parking lot a little too close to a fellow truck and I clipped and busted his headlight with my trailer. Literally and thanfully the only damage was the headlight assembly, which he obviously will need a new one. No other damage was done to either truck. He was sorta cool about it, I called my company and he called his, my company had me send pictures of the damage and his truck and had me give him our insurance information. No police were called on scene, no accident report was taken by any badged officer. (atleast not on scene, if he filed a police report online that’s unknown to me.)

It was sort of late in the day, so my verdict with PAM will be known to me tomorrow. So what do you guys think? Is this something that will hit my DAC report? I know for a fact if my company keeps me, they put me in this safety probation and I’m simply not allowed to have another incident in the probation time or then I actually get fired. My concern is more points on my license. Is this something that would cause this?

I’m just worried cause I started my career with two violations that rolled over from my Class E Driver’s License when I got my CDL. A speeding, 9 miles over and an illegal lane change. Luckily the former falls off my record this year.

So what you guys think? Am I screwed or will I be ok?

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.

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.

Sid V.'s Comment
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Stuff like that happens all the time. Most likely something like this won't even meet their insurance deductible.

It will most likely get reported to dac if your carrier chooses to do so. I doubt any points will get put anywhere since nothing was reported.

I had someone put a huge gash on my front fender. It only costs 1k to fix and they just slapped bondo on it.

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.

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Had 2 similar incidents. One in one of our terminals. Another at a really tight Pilot in Rotterdam, NY. Just checked my DAC & MVR recently and those incidents aren't on there. That doesn't mean they can't add them later if you leave or something.

About the police report, if they weren't on scene then he can't do anything more except go through your company's insurance. Its completely no fault for him since he was parked & the insurance company will pay the repairs.

You calling it an oopsie? Not so much! It's a rookie mistake & somewhat expected but it's far from an oopsie. Think about the other driver, he's not DOT compliant & can work that truck until he is. That's money he's not making. I know you're copping to it but being tired is never an excuse. As a trainer told me the other day when we were talking about this very subject. Every time your turning your steering wheel, you have to be watching your mirrors. I mean on a swivel!

I don't personally know PAM's policy but I hope, fir your sake, that they are as forgiving as Prime was with me. Mind you, the one in Rotterdam, I only scratched his deer guard & he still called the cops & made a report. So, I'd say your chances are good but again, PAM is the decider here.

Good luck & here's another GEM from this site to keep in your head to, WATCH YOUR WAGON!!

Oh & if PAM calls you to get your side of it? Be bluntly honest about how it all played out in your head. What were you thinking that had you so distracted, how you can learn from it & what steps you'll take in the future to avoid it from happening again. I'm not trying to bust your balls about it, I was in your shoes not that long ago. Just trying to show you the severity of it cause if it were much more damage, you know how PAM would handle it & then you'd be out of a job. Live & learn is all we can do out here.

Stay safe out here!!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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