Preventable Accidents

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Michael K.'s Comment
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I was involved in a overhead accident with a company. I was terminated and let go for it and now can’t find a place to hire me. The accident isn’t reported to my MVR , DAC , or CSA reports. Only thing is if I list the company I work for on the application when they call to verify then that company reports the accident. So if I didn’t put that company down then they wouldn’t be able to find any of it out right? I’m saying by just going at it like I’m a new driver with no experience besides trucking school. Just trying to get back to being able to make a living.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Terrible idea. They will find you had worked elsewhere and will not be hired. Just be honest about the incident and explain what you learned, and what you will do to prevent it from happening again.

Old School's Comment
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Could you explain what an "overhead" accident is? That description of an accident already sounds like you haven't learned much from this.

I completely agree with Rob. Own it and learn from it, otherwise you'll never advance in your trucking career.

Jamie's Comment
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Could you explain what an "overhead" accident is? That description of an accident already sounds like you haven't learned much from this.

I completely agree with Rob. Own it and learn from it, otherwise you'll never advance in your trucking career.

Sounds like he hit a low clearance bridge or something from that wording. confused.gif

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Maybe he means that he accidentally added to the company’s overhead.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Hitting anything over head is usually a career killer, your best option is to apply to 2nd chance companies like CR England, Carolina Cargo and Western Express. Be honest because they will find out and hope for the best.

G-Town's Comment
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Bruce wrote:

Maybe he means that he accidentally added to the company’s overhead.

That’s clearly not what he meant.

...this is not helpful to a guy who obviously needs some guidance.

Bird-one's Comment
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I think everybody gets you want to get back into a rig asap. But lying will not be the way too do it. Companies have the resources these days to find out. By overhead guessing you hit a bride A huge dent on your record. Now you want to compound it by lying about it. I don't think you want to bank your career by being so sure it's not there. It's somewhere. It not being there right away doesn't mean it didn't happen. I say that because when I applied for Schneider I disclosed a speeding I got in Pa. They couldn't find any record of it. Which was fine either way. It was old anyways. 2 weeks later I got a call saying they came across it and thanked me for the honesty. How they found who knows but that's not the point.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Be 100% honest. Any company worth their salt will find out what happened. If you don't tell the complete truth and the company finds out there won't be a second chance.

PackRat's Comment
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Don’t lie on an application. The truth will come out, and how will it look afterwards when you have been fired by two consecutive employers?

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