Getting A CDL With 2 Minor Accidents

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James D.'s Comment
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Hello all, I’m currently looking to get my CDL Class A and was wondering if any companies would hire me with 2 accidents one being me backing out of a parking spot and side swiping another car in my personal vehicle and another being furniture was being hauled on my personal trailer and falling off and another vehicle hit the couch. I also have one speeding ticket (10 mph over) from 12-31-17.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Companies generally like to see 3 clean years on your mvr , but I'd bet there are some companies that will give you a chance. Apply to company sponsored schools or if you're going the private school/wiowa grant route, get plenty of prehires before hand.

My oldest was considering getting a CDL and had a reckless driving ticket. She was set on roehl and they wouldn't take her but she got offers from p.a.m. and I can't remember who else. Ended up getting preggo and never did it at all. Maybe after my grandson is grown.. who knows. Hes almost 2 now.

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.

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.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Prehires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

PackRat's Comment
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How recent were the two accidents?

James D.'s Comment
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How recent were the two accidents?

Both last year, somehow the second accident ended up on my insurance record but I wasn't driving my dad was but the lady that filed the claim took both our license and submitted mine. Can I get a attorney to get this removed or should i call my insurance company and talk to them about it? Before these two accidents(very avoidable ones, I know) I hadn't had a accident before these in 4-5 years. I also obtained my driving record I have the speeding ticket from 12-13-17 and one from 12-17-18 both 10 MPH over the speed limit( not reckless driving) .

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Don's Comment
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If I understand your replies correctly, you have had two accidents and two speeding tickets within the last 18 months? I would be surprised if a company will hire you at this time, but with the perception of dire need for drivers, I also wouldn't be surprised a company did give an offer. Doesn't hurt to start applying to multiple companies to find out.

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How recent were the two accidents?

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Both last year, somehow the second accident ended up on my insurance record but I wasn't driving my dad was but the lady that filed the claim took both our license and submitted mine. Can I get a attorney to get this removed or should i call my insurance company and talk to them about it? Before these two accidents(very avoidable ones, I know) I hadn't had a accident before these in 4-5 years. I also obtained my driving record I have the speeding ticket from 12-13-17 and one from 12-17-18 both 10 MPH over the speed limit( not reckless driving) .

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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James,

It seems odd to me that the lady took your license info if you were just a passenger and it went on your record. Can you elaborate on that? I've never heard of that happening but I'm not current on accident reporting procedures, thank goodness.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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James,

It seems odd to me that the lady took your license info if you were just a passenger and it went on your record. Can you elaborate on that? I've never heard of that happening but I'm not current on accident reporting procedures, thank goodness.

I am guessing his dad was driving his truck, therefore both submitted info. His insurance had to pay the claim, therefore it is on his insurance record, but on dads driving record.

My brother hit a deer in my Mustang. His license, my insurance. This is why you should always call a cop for a report.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

James D.'s Comment
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James,

It seems odd to me that the lady took your license info if you were just a passenger and it went on your record. Can you elaborate on that? I've never heard of that happening but I'm not current on accident reporting procedures, thank goodness.

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I am guessing his dad was driving his truck, therefore both submitted info. His insurance had to pay the claim, therefore it is on his insurance record, but on dads driving record.

My brother hit a deer in my Mustang. His license, my insurance. This is why you should always call a cop for a report.

This is correct, didn't think it would go under me as "driving" even though it was my dad.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Rick S.'s Comment
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James,

It seems odd to me that the lady took your license info if you were just a passenger and it went on your record. Can you elaborate on that? I've never heard of that happening but I'm not current on accident reporting procedures, thank goodness.

This gets screwed up all the time. Or better yet "misinterpreted".

I witnessed an accident recently - even went after the driver of a multi-car collision. She didn't see the red light, and ran into 4 cars - then tried to drive away, and when the car wouldn't drive, got out of the car and tried to run away. Myself and a couple of other folks had her cornered in a backyard until the cops arrived.

Anyways - because I was listed on the accident report as a witness, the pull of INSURANCE REPORT (similar to a credit report, insurance companies use them to track people when claims are made), had like 5 entries with my name for the accident. I was trying to settle an old accident (me not at fault), and the other guys insurance company tried to tell me I was involved/at fault in like 16 accidents. I got a copy of the report from my lawyer, and there were like 20 items on there, of which, only 3 were accidents I was actually involved in - and NONE where I was at fault.

Your trucking companies insurance dept, will no doubt be seeing the SAME REPORT when you go for a hire. Unlike a DAC or Credit Report - there is NO DISPUTE RESOLUTION you can make.

ANY TIME you are on an accident report - your name goes into a database. Even as just a witness. It's called the CLUE Database. And sometimes, it just DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE...

Rick

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.

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