First Incident As A New Driver. Will I Get Fired?

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Diesel528's Comment
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So, I was moving my truck and flatbed trailer to an empty spot, when a super trucker came speeding towards me in the lot. I swerved and bumped a parked trailer. Not much damage; scrapes on both. Will I be marked for termination? Be on my own for 10 weeks. Super nervous.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Report it, take pictures. Own up to it. He might had been speeding but sounds like you didn't have your truck under control. I wasn't there, but why did you swerve? Slow down, stop and let them pass. Then safely move. Good luck, think you be fine. Maybe have to watch some safety videos.

PackRat's Comment
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What bumped the other guy's trailer, your truck or your trailer?

Just go through all the reporting processes: call the accident number, message dispatch, take lots of pictures.

You should be fine since you're a new driver. It could have been much worse. Next time, if you're where you should be, don't swerve out of the way.

Bird-One's Comment
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Exactly. I’m not swerving out of the way for anybody. Whenever I encounter a driver like that flying through a yard when it’s tight, I’ll come to a stop. Not slam on my brakes but come to a stop and let him figure it out. And then continue on. Never let a driver rush or bully you into doing something that will make you uncomfortable.

What bumped the other guy's trailer, your truck or your trailer?

Just go through all the reporting processes: call the accident number, message dispatch, take lots of pictures.

You should be fine since you're a new driver. It could have been much worse. Next time, if you're where you should be, don't swerve out of the way.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Exactly. I’m not swerving out of the way for anybody. Whenever I encounter a driver like that flying through a yard when it’s tight, I’ll come to a stop. Not slam on my brakes but come to a stop and let him figure it out. And then continue on. Never let a driver rush or bully you into doing something that will make you uncomfortable.

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What bumped the other guy's trailer, your truck or your trailer?

Just go through all the reporting processes: call the accident number, message dispatch, take lots of pictures.

You should be fine since you're a new driver. It could have been much worse. Next time, if you're where you should be, don't swerve out of the way.

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For sure. One thing my dad always made sure I learned was never get in a big hurry because it leads to mistakes 100% of the time. He always told me: “Son, if you only learn ONE thing from me ever learn THIS: Don’t do it fast, Do it RIGHT.”

Diesel528's Comment
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Thanks guys. I was worried he was going to hit me head on and didn’t see me. I took pictures and called safety, just waiting for the verdict. Thanks again.

Turtle's Comment
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I was worried he was going to hit me head on and didn’t see me

That would have made it his fault. Instead, you now have a preventable incident on your record. See the error in your decision?

Simply put, there is no justifiable reason here for you to swerve your vehicle into a stationary object. As the others have said, never let someone's foolishness push you into making an unwise or unsafe decision.

I'd also advise you to not take the approach of blaming the other guy when you talk to safety about this. Mistakes happen, and they know this. They'll want to see that you not only learn something from this, but also recognize your fault in it. Good luck.

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