Accidents While Training?

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Kalyn M.'s Comment
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Hey guys quick question, so I’ve been OTR training for about 2 weeks with a trainer, long story short got in a minor accident back into a truck stop. Bumper just got bent some, someone mentioned that since I’m training this probably wouldn’t affect my licensure. Is this accurate?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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No. Everything you do whether with your CLP (permit) or CDL will stay on your record. It will most likely be listed as a "preventable incident" not an accident. Many companies differentiate between the two. A DOT reportable "accident" is FIT... Fatality Injury or Tow. So if neither vehicle was towed and no one is hurt or killed it is an incident. Usually companies allow 3 before terminating you.

Learn your lesson and GOAL.. Get Out and Look. Do not let this distract you or you will have more issues. Despite what people think... Companies expect you to hit things. They also expect you to accept responsibility for it (dont blame others or the trainer. You did it ) and learn.

As for your auto insurance etc it does not work the same way. You will not receive points like you would in a personal vehicle. You wont get an increase in your personal insurance. I hit a trailer my 3rd week with permit. Five months later while solo I knocked a. Axle off a trailer. It is true. Here I am 5 years later no more accidents and no service failures. I get everything I want. And no one remembers my issues.

Good luck.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Kalyn M.'s Comment
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Thanks so much. I’m definitely learning, seen real quickly what else I could have done to prevent it. Learning to back these big monsters is a task in its own, but it will be done lol.

Rob T.'s Comment
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We've all made mistakes whether they caused damage or not. As Kearsey said just learn from it and take full responsibility. They expect rookies to goof up and most often it's when you're backing. As long as you don't try to pass the blame and learn from it that's what they expect of you. Now if you're speeding, texting, rollover, rear end another vehicle or hit an overhead object (low bridge) those will be looked at much more severely.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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One of our other terminals has a driver who hit a jersey barrier in the yard and did thousands in damage to a new truck. He had been in training a few days, just dont make a habit out if it and show you learned from jt

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.

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