Fired For Accident

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John M.'s Comment
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? I am the FIRED topic guy. Best I can tell ?? ( Any positive info would be fabulous for my deflated tude.) I am flat out Fuuked. Please let me whine for just a sec. One accident ,my fault in 47 years of driving and I am unhirable. The first accident I was Ever involved in. Seams kind of draconian to me. 8 ooo$ dollars 2000 $ out of my pocket 6000 $ financed, unemployed and best I can tell uninployable. Wow,it is what it is though. I still have a few thousand dollars left.My question Would be,, if I took a refresher course at my trucking school would that help me get pass this 1 my fault accident I have 0 intentention of ****ing more of my money (Day 3 of training) away in this 1 mistake,at 3 mph with absolutely no 1 was in harm's way and my short lived carrier is over. If u cannot tell I have a little biterness in my atatude. Maybe I am wrong and my driving carrier is not over ????????? Any suggestions or posiabilities would be highly appreciated. Let God be with us all.

G-Town's Comment
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I don’t know John. And neither does anyone else. Pure conjecture beyond that.

I will say this: it’s unusual for a driver to be terminated for one accident. Please be honest...is there anything missing from your story? Anything else that happened?

Regardless...

You need to figuratively take the bull by the horns and start pushing applications.

Use this link...Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

John, short of working this link, your efforts to hear what you want from us is futile and is unlikely going to happen.

Old School's Comment
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John, I agree with G-Town. It is really odd for a trainee to get fired for an accident. When I was at Western Express this kind of thing happened regularly. It almost always came down to how the driver conducted himself in his interactions with the trainer and the safety people as to whether they stayed employed. I knew of a trainee who ripped the top of his trainer's truck off by hitting a low bridge. He stayed employed because he owned that it was his fault, he had been cooperating with his trainer, and he clearly relayed to them what he had learned and how it would be avoided in the future.

You dropped us a clue in your other thread concerning this accident. You said this...

There is more 2 story concerning trainer but matters not now.

It may matter more than you realize. Your trainer may have put some additional information in the mix for the safety department to consider. Your relationship with that trainer may be what caused the axe to drop. You are clearly going to have issues getting hired, but your only option is to try as many companies as you can. Hopefully someone will give you a shot.

John M.'s Comment
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John, I agree with G-Town. It is really odd for a trainee to get fired for an accident. When I was at Western Express this kind of thing happened regularly. It almost always came down to how the driver conducted himself in his interactions with the trainer and the safety people as to whether they stayed employed. I knew of a trainee who ripped the top of his trainer's truck off by hitting a low bridge. He stayed employed because he owned that it was his fault, he had been cooperating with his trainer, and he clearly relayed to them what he had learned and how it would be avoided in the future.

You dropped us a clue in your other thread concerning this accident. You said this...

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There is more 2 story concerning trainer but matters not now.

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It may matter more than you realize. Your trainer may have put some additional information in the mix for the safety department to consider. Your relationship with that trainer may be what caused the axe to drop. You are clearly going to have issues getting hired, but your only option is to try as many companies as you can. Hopefully someone will give you a shot.

. Here is the intire scoop old school and thank you for any suggestions you may have. #1 the accident is do to my not taking that last look out my mirror b4 turning. I messed up ,my fault,but with that said there are some things that I have not said do to the fact I am a person ,at least I hope so takes responsibility for my actions. Here it is in full ,and once again if I had looked 1 more time this would not be a issue. We pull into truck stop and park facing trucks refueling. Trainer has been driving it's my turn to drive (DAY3 as trainie) We begin to exit ,,trucks now have pulled forward and went in plaza.This makes it extremely tight to exit. My trainer gets out and directs thru maze. As I am watching my trainer I loose track of my surroundings.finaly trainers get in let's go. I make turn to tight clip front end of another rig. Basically a fender bender.100 percent my fault. Some how radiator was punturered. Had to be towed. No ticket. Sit at terminal 3 days in sleeper. In this time I was told not to bother any 1 concerning this incendent. So I did not. This was told to me by my trainer on day 2 while awaiting my fate. In waiting I finally read the incident report. It said I was exiting the enterence. I was NOT!! issued a ticket. I had no idea that we were exiting out the enterence. ??? Day 3 in training?? My trainer had put me in a parked position we're I was going to exit out enterence. If you care to believe it I wanted to back up,but trainer insisted I follow the trainer directing me out forward. This is the 1 St time I have put this forth. I care not to screw my trainer or any 1. Do I have any option here. Also I never got to talk with safety Never got to exsplain what happened,just told to hit the road ?Thx in advance John.

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A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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G-Town's Comment
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John, I agree with G-Town. It is really odd for a trainee to get fired for an accident. When I was at Western Express this kind of thing happened regularly. It almost always came down to how the driver conducted himself in his interactions with the trainer and the safety people as to whether they stayed employed. I knew of a trainee who ripped the top of his trainer's truck off by hitting a low bridge. He stayed employed because he owned that it was his fault, he had been cooperating with his trainer, and he clearly relayed to them what he had learned and how it would be avoided in the future.

You dropped us a clue in your other thread concerning this accident. You said this...

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There is more 2 story concerning trainer but matters not now.

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It may matter more than you realize. Your trainer may have put some additional information in the mix for the safety department to consider. Your relationship with that trainer may be what caused the axe to drop. You are clearly going to have issues getting hired, but your only option is to try as many companies as you can. Hopefully someone will give you a shot.

. Here is the intire scoop old school and thank you for any suggestions you may have. #1 the accident is do to my not taking that last look out my mirror b4 turning. I messed up ,my fault,but with that said there are some things that I have not said do to the fact I am a person ,at least I hope so takes responsibility for my actions. Here it is in full ,and once again if I had looked 1 more time this would not be a issue. We pull into truck stop and park facing trucks refueling. Trainer has been driving it's my turn to drive (DAY3 as trainie) We begin to exit ,,trucks now have pulled forward and went in plaza.This makes it extremely tight to exit. My trainer gets out and directs thru maze. As I am watching my trainer I loose track of my surroundings.finaly trainers get in let's go. I make turn to tight clip front end of another rig. Basically a fender bender.100 percent my fault. Some how radiator was punturered. Had to be towed. No ticket. Sit at terminal 3 days in sleeper. In this time I was told not to bother any 1 concerning this incendent. So I did not. This was told to me by my trainer on day 2 while awaiting my fate. In waiting I finally read the incident report. It said I was exiting the enterence. I was NOT!! issued a ticket. I had no idea that we were exiting out the enterence. ??? Day 3 in training?? My trainer had put me in a parked position we're I was going to exit out enterence. If you care to believe it I wanted to back up,but trainer insisted I follow the trainer directing me out forward. This is the 1 St time I have put this forth. I care not to screw my trainer or any 1. Do I have any option here. Also I never got to talk with safety Never got to exsplain what happened,just told to hit the road ?Thx in advance John.

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Nothing new there John...and nothing new from me either...

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Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Donna M.'s Comment
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How did u do that much demand at 3 mph? Where u actually backing or ran into a truck? Where was your trainer?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Your trainer had zero fault. I know you're ticked off right now, but that is the fact. When in the driver's seat it is your butt, job and CDL on the line. This is something all students need to know.

I would suggest you call the safety department of that company and ask them if there is any way for you to get back into their training program. Also, maybe they can tell you if you did anything wrong in reporting the accident.

Good luck.

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John M.'s Comment
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Sitting in passanger seat. Really not that much damage. Some how radiator got punctured ,towed. Carrying I think 76000 lbs a lot of enerta with that much weight.turned to soon was focusing on drop off ahead of me f Ed up.

How did u do that much demand at 3 mph? Where u actually backing or ran into a truck? Where was your trainer?

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Who’s turned you down since you started applying again?

Rob T.'s Comment
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You're definitely not completely screwed. Had it not been for the panic of the virus you'd already have been invited to orientation somewhere. Have you used this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs?

The biggest thing is when talking to anybody make sure they understand you take full responsibility for it and that you learned from it. Going into it saying Yes I F'd up but it stressed the importance of always watching your mirrors will be treated much differently than going in and blaming a trainer or saying oh well, S*** happens

Good luck, keep applying everywhere and please keep us posted where you land.

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