Traffic Accident Question

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Aaron S.'s Comment
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Afternoon, I’m about to start CDL school and wanted to make sure it is worth my time. I have a dwi from 12 years ago and an accident less than a year ago. I was driving through an area I wasn’t used to I was up at a stop light looking around trying to get my bearings. I thought the light changed, the driver on my right went through the light I started to go was halfway in to the intersection when I looked at my right and an eighteen wheeler gravel truck was coming straight at me, it had made a turn under the overpass so it wasn’t going very fast. I stopped and it pretty much ran over my bumper and grill. It was my fault I ran the stop light. No injuries and no damage to the truck. All the companies I find though won’t your record clear for 3 years. Mine is except for this incident ( the red light ticket got dismissed through defensive driving). Will I still be able to find an entry level CDL job when I leave school? Appreciate any info.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Will I still be able to find an entry level CDL job when I leave school?

Aaron, welcome to our forum!

Your DWI is old enough that it isn't going to stop you from getting hired by someone. Not everyone is going to hire you, but a ten year old DUI is acceptable at many of the trucking companies.

Your accident is problematic because it involves disobeying a traffic control device. That's a critical offense to the trucking companies no matter how it occurred.

You can easily remedy this situation by applying to the many Paid CDL Training Programs. They will not only train you, but will also guarantee you a job as long as you pass the training. They will not bring you to their school unless they have already approved you for employment. That takes all the guessing out of the equation.

That's what I recommend in your situation. You won't be out any significant money, and you will know if you are an acceptable hire. Click on that link and apply like crazy to all those programs. It's your best way to get started. Those are excellent companies with strong reputations for helping rookie drivers establish their careers.

I had all kinds of problems getting hired after going through a private trucking school. People think it's the best way to go - they think they will have more options. It's just not true. Your options are limited already by that accident. The method I'm recommending to you will put your fears to rest, and you won't have to lay out your own money.

Check out the following article. I hope it helps you understand the dynamics of these training programs. They are very effective programs to help you get your foot in the door.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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