Getting Hire With Preventable Accidents

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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This happened a day or two ago near Indy, my guess is he probably came up on all the road closures and didnt pull over and call the terminal for directions and wasn't paying attention to the signs.

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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.

Turtle's Comment
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I knew it! This was exactly the type of accident I pictured in my mind while reading this topic, but I refrained from commenting, as you guys were taking care of it nicely anyway.

Big Al, if you learn nothing else from this conversation, at least learn that you need to be upfront and completely transparent when seeking guidance here. We can't help you otherwise.

As Rainy said, apply everywhere. But don't just stop there. Own your mistakes when talking with the companies. Leave your vagueness at the door, and with hat in hand show what you've learned from your mistake. You can recover from this, but it starts with you.

Big Al's Comment
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Old school your right in most part. But the low clearance sign they wasn’t one. And the clearance sign for the bridge was on the top of the bridge like most are. The clearance height sign was actually over in the far right hand side and was bent. I didn’t know where the clearance sign was until I walked around and was looking for it. But I accept responsibility for what happened. Im just trying figure out if how to start over fresh. The accident isn’t on any of DAC or anything. Also like I stated before I didn’t receive a W2 from the company to file taxes. I’m just wondering if I could get by with starting out as a new driver and going back out with a trainer and not even reporting anything about the company. Sorry if I’m aggravating you all, but I’m just trying to figure out what I can do.

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.

Big Al's Comment
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Thanks for the reply. I’ve been offered a job with western express. Just been sketchy about going to work for them. As I’ve seen people say they don’t get a paycheck until they are In there on truck. I just can’t afford to go the week of training in Nashville and then 4 weeks with trainer without a check.

I knew it! This was exactly the type of accident I pictured in my mind while reading this topic, but I refrained from commenting, as you guys were taking care of it nicely anyway.

Big Al, if you learn nothing else from this conversation, at least learn that you need to be upfront and completely transparent when seeking guidance here. We can't help you otherwise.

As Rainy said, apply everywhere. But don't just stop there. Own your mistakes when talking with the companies. Leave your vagueness at the door, and with hat in hand show what you've learned from your mistake. You can recover from this, but it starts with you.

Old School's Comment
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Al, do yourself a huge favor and stop reading internet reviews from the losers. I started my trucking career at Western Express. I got a great foundation there and they ALWAYS treated me right. I heard all the losers complaining and griping when I was there. Those people can't even figure out how to turn in their own paperwork for payment. It's no wonder they can't get paid - it's their own fault.

That's probably your best option right now. Were I in your shoes, I'd be thrilled to be running a big truck for Western Express. Jump on it! Show them some responsibility and they will keep you really busy. I loved my time there as a flatbedder.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Al's Comment
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Thanks for the information old school. I’m going to check back in at the offers they have and see when I can start with them. I’ll keep everyone updated on to what happens and how it goes.

Al, do yourself a huge favor and stop reading internet reviews from the losers. I started my trucking career at Western Express. I got a great foundation there and they ALWAYS treated me right. I heard all the losers complaining and griping when I was there. Those people can't even figure out how to turn in their own paperwork for payment. It's no wonder they can't get paid - it's their own fault.

That's probably your best option right now. Were I in your shoes, I'd be thrilled to be running a big truck for Western Express. Jump on it! Show them some responsibility and they will keep you really busy. I loved my time there as a flatbedder.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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