First Preventable On My Record Now What

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Derrick W.'s Comment
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I'm a new driver. Ive been driving for 1 year and 5 months. I currently drive for Schneider. I've been drvinging with Schneider since the start of my career in trucking. Recently, I got into an accident, in a Schneider parking lot trying to pull out the yard. The lot is small and not much room to maneuver. I was pulling out my tractor trailer and I didn't have enough room to pass the other schneider tractor on the right side of me. I didn't even move 60 feet before I hit the other driver tractor. The only way I would have been able to avoid the accident is if I didn't take the trailer at all because the other driver was parked so far up and close to my trailer. I'm not trying to make excuses because in the end I still hit the other driver tractor.

I damaged the other driver's driver side mirror and and head light with the right side of my trailer. No damage was done to my Tractor or Trailer. I recently received a letter in the mail from Schneider informing that it is a preventable accident and will go on my DAC employment verification for 7 years. I'm currently still with Schneider, but I do have to attend accident training. which I have no problem with.

However, I'm worried about my career as a trucker. Will it be difficult landing jobs with other driving companies in the future? Should I just stay with Schneider at this point? I was also thinking about disputing it or atleast trying to get it off my record or is it even worth the time.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

PJ's Comment
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Welcome Derrick.

Things happen. You made a bad call. The main thing here is too just admit that and learn from it. You have nothing to dispute in this situation. Going back for refresher training is normal, and a sign Schneider is not looking to terminate you. Do what they ask and put it behind you.

DAC reports are kinda likeva credit report. Companies put stuff on there and it really doesn’t effect much at all if your staying there. If you go elsewhere it will be seen and asked about.

This is a private property non reportable to the fmcsa so I wouldn’t worry about it. Stuff like this happen alot. Keep safe and don’t repeat the same mistake and you should be fine.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Dm:

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.

Fm:

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, Derrick.

There's nothing to do now but just move forward. The accident happened, and the best you can do is just learn to not let it happen again.

It won't dramatically affect your future employment as long as you keep it safe from now on.

Be thankful that Schneider is allowing you the chance to redeem yourself, and yes I would stick with them if I were you.

Dispute it? You hit a stationary object, there's nothing to dispute. Nothing short of full ownership of the accident will do here. Disputing it will do far more damage to your career than the accident itself.

Bottom line is accidents happen, these companies know that. Now you can show them how you'll be a better driver. Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Did you ever hear about how I knocked an axle off my trailer? Yet I am still here and a top driver on my fleet board.

Most companies are going to want a number.. For example. "1 preventable in 3 years" type of thing. If you leave too quickly it may look like you were about to be fired so quit.

Dont stress it. Next time find the driver. Call dispatch at schneider if in the yard. They would have found the driver.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Derrick, having no accident in your rookie year is the surprise. Newbies are kind of expected to have a small cruncher in their first few months. You are going to be okay.

You will probably have to talk to a Schneider safety officer. And be assigned to take a class in Close Quarter Maneuvering (driving safely in a parking lot). Then you'll have to get back in the truck and stay hauling freight again.

Trust me, you have become an expert in moving your truck in tight spaces.

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