First At Fault Accident

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Smart C.'s Comment
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Hi All What I did was kind of stupid. I was at a traffic light in the right lane. I wanted to get into the left lane. I reversed a little....but then I saw a car trying to come out of a shopping center. Her car was perpendicular to the end of the trailer. So I have up on reversing...thought that was the end of it.

I was then approached by an officer at a Blue Beacon, saying she hit me. I didn't feel anything I definitely saw her (not even behind me yet). I talked to my trainer about this...he's thinking insurance fraud. The cops were convinced that I didn't "flee" the scene intentionally. Ultimately, this will probably be considered my fault.

How serious is first time at fault? I realize it's typically not that serious. However, I did reverse for a not very good reason. I'm still at Prime Inc

Bird-One's Comment
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You never reverse. Ever. Since this is your first time I’m sure you’ll be fine. But I’m guessing you learned you lesson. Never reverse.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Man if they charge u for leaving the scene! Far worst than the accident.

Smart C.'s Comment
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Yeah....she was behind me and never blow the horn or anything.

Man if they charge u for leaving the scene! Far worst than the accident.

Donna M.'s Comment
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What did safety say to you? You talked to your fm? And do a micro 38 ?

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.
Old School's Comment
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I talked to my trainer about this...he's thinking insurance fraud.

I wouldn't count on anybody believing that. You were going backwards! You didn't G.O.A.L.

You can back into someone and never know it. I witnessed a big truck smashing a Toyota Corolla into what looked like a wad of paper by backing into it. The Corolla driver had the horn blowing the whole time. The truck then headed out and on their way until they noticed the smashed up car in their mirror. They stopped and helped render aid until the authorities arrived.

You can't back into someone and then think it is insurance fraud. I just don't get that.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I hit submit too quick. I meant to say I am sorry this happened to you. We all learn some lessons out here the hard way. Hopefully this will stick with you and you'll always remember how serious the consequences are of backing up where you shouldn't.

We actually understand. There's been a lot of times where I was tempted to do something crazy in a truck, but the important thing is recognizing what's crazy and what is proper. Keep you head on straight and you will get it all figured out. Never back a truck up without knowing what is behind you or what could potentially come in behind you during the process.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Smart C.'s Comment
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They acted like it wasn't a big deal. However, it was night time Safety. They said daytime staff was more knowledge. I'm now worried about the matter of leaving the scene now however. I'm thinking they would have cited me then and there, no?

What did safety say to you? You talked to your fm? And do a micro 38 ?

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.
Turtle's Comment
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You never reverse. Ever.

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You'll be fine. Acknowledge your fault and determine to never do it again.

Smart C.'s Comment
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Yes, I really did learn from that. What about the repsonse of being charged with fleeing the scene? The cop seemed pretty convinced I possibly just didn't feel it. He did however say more investigation was needed. Do you think that's an automatic termination even if my license remains valid? That seems like it would be disastrous job wise. And it's something I genuinely did not do intentionally.

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You never reverse. Ever.

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You'll be fine. Acknowledge your fault and determine to never do it again.

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