Had A Minor Backing Accident

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Sam V.'s Comment
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Hello fellow truckers, so the other day I learned the hard way of always getting out and looking when backing, even though it wasn’t serious I ended up nicking the side of it, I called my safety hotline for my company and had to give them all kinds of info.... I know I messed up and well I gotta live and learn from my mistakes .... now my question to you fellow truckers is how bad will this affect my record to get hired by another company?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Most likely it won't have any major affect, just own upto and what you learned from it your not the first nor the last to nick something whilst backing.

PackRat's Comment
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Were you fired after this, Sam V.?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Sam, how long have you been driving? It's accepted that new drivers will bend or break something in their first few months. Not to say it's ok there, Sammy. But you will have to go into the office and talk to the Safety department. Depending on many things you may be told to go home for a while or something. But with the almost no information you have provided, I'll assume you'll be back on the road soon.

Your company will keep a record of your accident, so try not to let it happen again. In my first six months at Swift I had two fender benders that caused damage - once to a customer's building and once to my truck that needed a few days in the body shop. Each time I had A Conversation, explained how it happened (not making excuses) and said I'll try to better.

Should you get called in, no, when you get called in, make it clear you understand what happened and you are better for it.

Just Mitch's Comment
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How minor is minor? I only ask because many ppl come on here slamming their dispatcher and proclaiming minor accidents. After a little digging it comes out that they drove through a McDonalds


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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