Just Had A Preventable Accident.

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Peter V.'s Comment
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I had a preventable accident but am probably not going to get a ticket, NC, only one in my 5 + years driving and no moving violations. How bad does this hurt me?

Rob T.'s Comment
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This happened in a CMV , correct? Any idea roughly how much damage? What type of accident? Rear end, backing? The biggest thing is when you talk to your safety department regarding it make sure you're honest, and tell them what you've learned. Typically those who get fired for accidents is due to distracted driving, too many in a short time or passing the blame to others.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Peter V.'s Comment
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The ticket is for not slowing enough to avoid the accident. I've been told by the Trooper who wrote it and the lawyer handling it that when the insurance company takes care of it NC drops the ticket. My truck was towed and an ambulance was involved but nobody died or got cut out of a car. I've been driving since 4/14 and this is my only accident and no moving violations.

This happened in a CMV , correct? Any idea roughly how much damage? What type of accident? Rear end, backing? The biggest thing is when you talk to your safety department regarding it make sure you're honest, and tell them what you've learned. Typically those who get fired for accidents is due to distracted driving, too many in a short time or passing the blame to others.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rick S.'s Comment
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If you were towed and someone had to leave in an ambo - it's a DOT REPORTABLE.

DO FIGHT THE TICKET!!!!

Here, I'll say it again - DO FIGHT THE TICKET. Unless the trooper ACTUALLY WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT, HE CANNOT TESTIFY AS TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CITATION AND IT (995 of the time) WILL BE DISMISSED!

DOT Reportable's weight more heavily on your career than a "simple fender bender". But with 5 yrs accident/citation free, it should fall under the "feces occurs", unless you were REALLY BONEHEADED when it came to the accident.

Much depends on the content of the accident report, and how your safety department views it. But again - if you haven't been a "problem child", you should be OKAY.

If they cut you loose for it, then you are going to have some issues getting a hire elsewhere. Companies put a HUGE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT on how their INSURANCE COMPANY RATES YOU.

Best of luck, let us know how things turn out for you...

Rick

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Peter V. I am sorry this has happened, but keep your chin up and keep pressing on. Like Rick said PLEASE let us know how things turn out for you!

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