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Optical's Comment
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Without giving more details than what's already known.... I went to company sponsored school, was on the road with a trainer for 3 weeks when a 4-wheeler ran into my trailer while I was making a left hand turn. These past couple weeks I've been shut down and told I was not allowed to drive until I was cleared by safety and was sent back home. I've also not been getting down pay due to being shutdown for an accident. Today I was told I am under HR review to decide if I was to continue working with this company due to the events surrounding the person in the 4-wheeler and him being injured. I was advised that this could take some time and I should probably start applying and looking for another company. I am currently under contract with the company and if they release me, I believe that will null and void the contract.

My biggest worry is that I took this leap into the life out of necessity due to a sudden shift with family. I gave up my apartment and my car isn't in the greatest condition right now and was planning on staying in the truck for the majority of the time.

I'm wondering what are my options here? Am I ******? How can/should I proceed if there is a way?

Old School's Comment
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I was advised that this could take some time and I should probably start applying and looking for another company.

If they advised that, I would get on it.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If they're advising you to begin searching for employment elsewhere they have reason to believe you made a big mistake. Typically if somebody runs into you its their fault UNLESS you failed to yield. Read the contract you signed, but I'd be willing to bet you're still on the hook for the tuition. They still helped you obtain your CDL. Actually, i just looked at your post history and with that career I KNOW you're on the hook for it. We've had members sent home from school and still receive a bill. Use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. You're almost guaranteed to be sent back out with a trainer and many companies won't take you on due to what appears to be terminated for a safety issue. When talking to recruiters and safety be sure to explain what you've learned and how you'll prevent it from repeating. We all make mistakes but what we do after the mistake is what matters. Unfortunately without more information we're limited in the advice we can give.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Read the contract is correct. Mine said as long as I got my CDL I was responsible for payment

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Whatever you are advised by the current company, get it in writing and signed by a management type.

Jammer a's Comment
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I agree with pack rat get it in writing the whole conversation !!!

Whatever you are advised by the current company, get it in writing and signed by a management type.

Banks's Comment
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Whatever you are advised by the current company, get it in writing and signed by a management type.

Which means no more phone conversations. "I lost my phone and can't afford one right now. Please correspond via email."

Optical's Comment
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I ended up getting a call recording app to record the phone calls. Also looked it up and the state the company is based out of and the state I am in are both 1 party consent state for recording. So I'm going to be recording all conversations with them from here on out.

Monday I will be calling both HR and Safety to see what information I can get from them directly.

G-Town's Comment
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What really happened here? If you really want our help, please share the whole story.

I’ve made hundreds, upon hundreds of left hand turns and never once has a car run into me...

Please be honest and tell us the entire story.

Ted P.'s Comment
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In any accident / incident, information isn't wrong to disclose, a 3rd party "moderator" is going to have a non-partial opinion.... I have been in 3 accident in my driving career total, I also have made millions of left turns, but never been in that situation, 2 of mine we're in a quad axle dump truck only allowed in wisconsin and michigan, 2 were non-preventables... most of us would get you a decent opinion from putting ourselves in the situation of how we'd handle it. I'd like to ask how long have you had you CDL , and what were the particulars of the accident, ( divided highway, light controlled, speed of them, dash cam, weather conditions, day or night, etc...) all are factors in this situation... there are SO many companies out there your bound to find something, if not OTR , try Local, or even a CMV of some type, garbage truck, cement truck, delivery trucks, "hotshots", commercial deliver van non-CDL, all require a "fed-med" card I am sure you have already... good luck, AND Merry Christmas...

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.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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