1 Preventable In 3 Months

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Rodulfo R.'s Comment
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I got a preventable within 3 months. It was not a bad accident, just a scratch while employed with USA. During this time they forgot to pay me and two different vehicles derated. I was promised a good job with Hudd transportation so I quit with USA. Hudd all of the sudden dropped me and now no carrier will give me a chance. Yes I know I should have stuck it out but I need advice for what to do next. Any advice please?

Big T's Comment
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Have you tried calling USA back? Long shot but it may be your best/ only option.

I got a preventable within 3 months. It was not a bad accident, just a scratch while employees with USA. During this time they forgot to pay me and two different vehicles derated. I was promised a good job with Hudd transportation so I quit with USA. Hudd all of the sudden dropped me and now no carrier will give me a chance. Yes I know I should have stuck it out but I need advice for what to do next. Any advice please?

Jrod's Comment
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Not all "Preventables" are the same. Very minor rear-end accidents, trailer roll-a-way, forgetting to set brakes, and others are automatic "no hire" accidents for many places. Especially when you don't have any experience to back it up. Be patient and keep applying.

Rodulfo R.'s Comment
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I just got an offer for cr England. I accepted it of course because I do not have the luxury of shopping around. What should I expect?

Big T's Comment
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Keep your nose down and your record clean.

I just got an offer for cr England. I accepted it of course because I do not have the luxury of shopping around. What should I expect?

PackRat's Comment
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Did you call USA Truck back?

Rodulfo R.'s Comment
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No, I'm sure they will not change it. I dont even think it's on my DAC.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Much depends on HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE.

How long were with USA? Did you complete your contractual obligation with them (since I'm assuming you went with them as a student/trainee)?

You speak of issues with being paid, and having equipment problems (trucks de-rating) - were these the only issues you had? Did you give (required) notice before jumping ship?

While we understand the frustration of having issues with payroll screwing up, mechanical issues with trucks, etc. - when we hear stories like this, there's usually more details to them than is initially let on.

CRE. This is one of those companies that has a rep for being a "pariah company" - but then again - people talk smack about companies like Prime & Swift, yet we have numerous members here that launched successful careers and have STAYED THERE for years.

So if the only offer you're getting is CRE, then suck it up, go put a FULL YEAR of incident free driving in and opportunities will open up again for you. In inexperienced driver with a recent incident, is going to be difficult to get a hire - especially if your previous employer says "Ineligible For Re-Hire" (which tells companies considering you that there is more than a simple "so I decided to leave" to your story).

Best of luck to you - let us know where you land.

Rick

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rodulfo R.'s Comment
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Yes I was a new graduate and applied to them with CDL in hand. I did not abandon the vehicle but at the same time i didnt give 2 weeks notice. I admit this was not a smart move to leave so hastily. I only did so because a good paying local carrier offered me a job of which I had to be at for a urinalysis the same day USA wanted me to pick up another recovery vehicle. To no surprise the enquiring carrier immediately dropped interest after I left USA.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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