Getting Started With A 2 Year Old Serious Traffic Violation?

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J.B.'s Comment
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In January of 2017 I had a traffic accident in my personal vehicle; me at fault with a failure to yield, resulting in no injuries but requiring a tow-away of my personal vehicle, which as far as I understand makes it a serious DOT reportable accident (as told by a recruiter). Now that I am 21 and interested in getting my CDL and starting a career driving and I contacted Wilson Logistics and went through the application process, and was on my way to getting started, but upon submitting my accident report I was told that their insurance would not hire anyone with a serious traffic violation in the past 5 years. Knowing very little about the ins and outs of the industry I am wondering if this accident of mine has put a hold on me starting my career... Is there any hope for me to start from square one with this accident on my record? At the moment I am at square one, no experience and no CLP hoping to get my CDL through a company-sponsored school and my main question is: Will that be possible given my driving history? (no other violations except the single accident resulting in a tow-away of my personal vehicle). I'm very interested in making a career out of trucking, and any info regarding possible steps I can take would be very appreciated (unless of course, the accident has placed me SOL).

Thanks!

Josh

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.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Army 's Comment
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Josh

Did you submit applications here? So if I am not mistaken, you might have a better chance in Feb of 20 so that accident will be 3 years in the past. Some companies have different criteria.

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

The experienced drivers here will tell you to submit many applications. Might get a lot of no's, but it only takes one yes. Good Luck.

Chris

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.

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