Getting Hire With Preventable Accidents

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Big Al's Comment
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I was wondering if companies that would hire you with one preventable accident. It is listed only on my DAC report. The accident is over 6 months old, but I don’t have any driving experience since then. I’d appreciate any and all the information I could get on this.

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.

Army 's Comment
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I am not a driver, but I think our experts here will need more information. How long have you had your CDL?

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.
PackRat's Comment
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What was the accident? Most carriers will forgive minor problems from new drivers because they expect things to happen with little driving experience.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Big Al, I see you're from Kentucky. I know my company has hired rookie drivers from other companies that had a preventable or 3. They take it on a case by case basis. How much driving experience do you have, and how many driving jobs have you had?

Big Al's Comment
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Big Al, I see you're from Kentucky. I know my company has hired rookie drivers from other companies that had a preventable or 3. They take it on a case by case basis. How much driving experience do you have, and how many driving jobs have you had?

One accident and only one driving job. I’ve got about 3 months experience

Tim F.'s Comment
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Something doesn’t seem right here. Companies don’t fire for one preventable. So either Big Al ain’t dropping the whole story or that one preventable was a doozy like a roll over or something.

Big Al...you need to drop the whole story, in order for these people to properly help you.

G-Town's Comment
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3 months of experience, then a preventable that was cause for termination and then 6 months of not driving.

Like Tim has stated...something is missing. How bad was the accident? Most companies willing to hire entry-level drivers will forgive a couple of minor accidents.

Without knowing anything more; if you do find a company willing to be take a chance on you, its likely you’ll need to repeat school.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Al's Comment
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Something doesn’t seem right here. Companies don’t fire for one preventable. So either Big Al ain’t dropping the whole story or that one preventable was a doozy like a roll over or something.

Big Al...you need to drop the whole story, in order for these people to properly help you.

No the company first told me I would just have to take a drug test and long as I passed I’d be good(I can pass a drug test anytime). When I got back to the yard for my home time and went to the office to go take my drug test. Instead of them sending me for it the woman in safety told me just to go ahead and clean my truck out. But it wasn’t a roll over or nothing major.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Something doesn’t seem right here. Companies don’t fire for one preventable. So either Big Al ain’t dropping the whole story or that one preventable was a doozy like a roll over or something.

Big Al...you need to drop the whole story, in order for these people to properly help you.

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No the company first told me I would just have to take a drug test and long as I passed I’d be good(I can pass a drug test anytime). When I got back to the yard for my home time and went to the office to go take my drug test. Instead of them sending me for it the woman in safety told me just to go ahead and clean my truck out. But it wasn’t a roll over or nothing major.

So it wasn’t just a preventable. You don’t get asked to take a drug test for a preventable. You are asked to take a drug test for a DOT recordable accident. Which means equipment was damage enough where one or both vehicles needed to be towed.

What type of accident? Did you rear end another vehicle? Head on?

You could try some of the second chance companies. Carolina Cargo, Western Express...good luck

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I'd say - describe the circumstances of the accident IN DETAIL.

3 months experience - 6 months off the road. You are likely going to have to RE-TRAIN. That's just not enough experience, and too much off the road time, to expect to just get in and drive somewhere else - accident or not.

Again - some DETAILS would be more helpful.

Rick

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