My First Accident!

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Auggie69's Comment
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That sucks you had to deal with that but atleast the only damage was to your pride smile.gif . This northern boy has never heard of it referred to as Gumbo either lol

Turtle protege says

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The title of the post says "First Accident," but it sounds like you didn't hit anything. Is getting stuck considered a preventable accident?

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I think it all depends on the company. 2 weeks before I switched to my current job I was delivering to a catering business that operated out of their farmhouse. I got stuck in mud out there and needed to be towed out. In the thread I created about it Bobcat said at Old Dominion its counted as an accident. I worked at Performance Foods (PFG) at the time and my manager told me it was being documented as a recordable incident, basically meaning it was only going in my employee file but didnt make it on my DAC report. I'm not sure how Prime classifies it.

FedEx also counts getting stuck as a preventable accident.

And then they wonder why everyone calls off when it snows. BUT to give them credit, IF we call off when it snows it is not counted against us as an absence. So, yes, FedEx wants us to be safe :)

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.

Greg M.'s Comment
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Back in my old dump truck driving days getting stuck this time of year was an everyday thing. Get to a job site and back up as fast as possible, sometimes in high range, and let it go as far as it would go. You had to know when to get on the clutch to avoid breaking the drive shaft. Once you stopped, dump the load and wait for the dozer operator to come over and drag you out.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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That sucks you had to deal with that but atleast the only damage was to your pride smile.gif . This northern boy has never heard of it referred to as Gumbo either lol

Turtle protege says

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The title of the post says "First Accident," but it sounds like you didn't hit anything. Is getting stuck considered a preventable accident?

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I think it all depends on the company. 2 weeks before I switched to my current job I was delivering to a catering business that operated out of their farmhouse. I got stuck in mud out there and needed to be towed out. In the thread I created about it Bobcat said at Old Dominion its counted as an accident. I worked at Performance Foods (PFG) at the time and my manager told me it was being documented as a recordable incident, basically meaning it was only going in my employee file but didnt make it on my DAC report. I'm not sure how Prime classifies it.

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FedEx also counts getting stuck as a preventable accident.

And then they wonder why everyone calls off when it snows. BUT to give them credit, IF we call off when it snows it is not counted against us as an absence. So, yes, FedEx wants us to be safe :)

Same at Millis. As well as damaging your own truck with tour truck..... I.e. bent cab extenders. We get accident report messages on our QCs daily going over the previous days accidents and ot seems every other day someone has bent their can extender.

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.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Well i cant type. I meant cab extender.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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seems every other day someone has bent their can extender

That seems like a personal problem.

I've heard from a couple drivers that have gotten stuck they put it down as "miscellaneous" and not as a accident. So I guess it is not automatically an accident as I had been told.

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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On the FMCSA report every tow shows up as an accident

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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On the FMCSA report every tow shows up as an accident

Even a breakdown????

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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On the FMCSA report every tow shows up as an accident

Cornelius,

Is this the carrier's FMCSA report or the driver's DAC report?

Googling "accident" and "struck in the mud" I found a website that refers to getting stuck in the mud as an "incident" and differentiates it from an "accident" where a vehicle was damaged.

I also found this the link below. Although the subject says "Accidents vs. Incidents" is doesn't really explain the difference between an accident and incident and how they are reported on a driver's DAC.

Accidents vs. Incidents

So I'm kinda confused as to how getting stuck in the mud affects your driving record.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

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.

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