Old Company Reported A Preventable Accident On My DAC

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GhostRider92's Comment
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On December 21, 2019, I was traveling southbound on I-57 upon approaching Mt. Vernon, Illinois a car merging off the I-64 ramp sideswiped the company truck I maintained my lane and maintained my speed she even told the police officer that reported to the scene before she knew it she was making contact with the truck. I took photos as well as contacted my company explaining to them what happened and told them the police stated I was not at fault. After the police told me I was free to leave, I proceeded to leave and my company stated I might need to take a drug test once the load was delivered in Canton, ms. Long story short, I gave a two weeks notice being as such I found better employment and what do you know a preventable accident is listed on my DAC after all information and fact says there was no fault and or not my fault even company insurance said I was not at fault and it was non preventable. How and what do I need to do to get this removed I've contacted HireRight and disputed the false report what else is needed to be done.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Well, GhostRider, the fact is you were involved in an accident. The "preventable" and "non-preventable" is a separate thing from the accident itself.

You said:

My company stated I might need to take a drug test once the load was delivered in Canton, ms. Long story short, I gave a two weeks notice

Answer this: Get out the longer story. You were told you might need to take a drug test. Did you take the test or simply give your notice? If you were told to test and for any reason did not, by the regulations that is a refusal and a fail. On your record for its own right.

I'd like to know more about your line:

I maintained my lane and maintained my speed

but a refusal to take a drug test is a bigger deal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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I think that's all you can do. Dispute the charge and the company will have a set amount of time to provide documents proving you were in a preventable accident. You got the better job though right? Stay put there for a while and you have nothing to worry about in regards to your 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.

Old School's Comment
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You can have a "preventable" accident that isn't your fault. You seem to be taking the admonishments that you weren't at fault to be justification that a "preventable" accident shouldn't be on your record.

Errol is correct when he says...

Well, GhostRider, the fact is you were involved in an accident. The "preventable" and "non-preventable" is a separate thing from the accident itself.

It sounds fairly clear to me that had you been more observant of the other motorist and a little less eager to "maintain my lane and maintain my speed," that this accident could have been avoided or prevented. Even though you are clearly not at fault, that does not mean you couldn't have prevented it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SRJ's Comment
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You state, "I proceeded to leave and my company stated I might need to take a drug test once the load was delivered in Canton, ms." This leads me to believe the reason this accident is showing on your record is that you didn't take the drug test. As mentioned by Errol above, he asked the key question, "did you take the drug test"? What is the policy of the company you were working under at the time regarding accidents and requirements for drug screens? If the company policy states one must take a drug screen whether or not one is at fault in an accident and you failed to do so, I believe you will not have any success disputing this.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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SRJ points out:

What is the policy of the company you were working under at the time regarding accidents and requirements for drug screens? If the company policy states one must take a drug screen whether or not one is at fault in an accident and you failed to do so, I believe you will not have any success disputing this.

But blowing off a company policy drug test is just as bad. They could still mark you as "not re-hireable, refused drug test". As in: Jumping off a 5 story building and jumping off a ten story building yields the same result.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Just Mitch's Comment
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As a professional driver it’s not your job to maintain speed and cover your lane. It’s your job to observe and respond accordingly. That’s probably why they gave you a preventable.

Jamie's Comment
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Cant tell you how many times I've slowed down to avoid this exact scenario, therefore preventing an accident. Sure the ramp traffic is supposed to yield but that isn't always the case.

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