Another Freaking Accident. What Are My Options At This Point?

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TwoSides11's Comment
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Thank you all for the advice.

After re-reading my comments I see how it looks like I'm trying to place blame elsewhere. I do know it was my fault, I'm the one operating that vehicle. I failed to do a proper trip plan. I failed to execute a right turn. Better judgement on my part was needed.

Auggie69's Comment
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Thank you all for the advice.

After re-reading my comments I see how it looks like I'm trying to place blame elsewhere. I do know it was my fault, I'm the one operating that vehicle. I failed to do a proper trip plan. I failed to execute a right turn. Better judgement on my part was needed.

From a City driver who plots 10 - 15 stops a day that I may have never been to:

1. Check on Google maps and Apple maps (if Google Maps gives you an address in a field, check Apple maps) how to get there

2. Plot ingress and egress from the location - sometimes roads are one-way. Plot your way to there, plot your way from there and, most important, plot your way AROUND there should you miss a turn

3. Check Google maps for obvious dock locations. Look at concrete pads around the facility, obvious tire tracks, oil tracks, etc. CALL THE FACILITY AND ASK HOW TO GET TO THE DOCK!!

4. Talk to fellow drivers who may have been there before. Ask for phone #s, names, shortcuts, etc., for both folks that have been there and contacts at the facility

5. If all else fails stop - hazards on - call the cops

Turtle's Comment
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Any update? I've been thinking about ya, and I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we've had our fingers crossed.

PackRat's Comment
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Still waiting for some update here, too.

CM59's Comment
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That’s unfortunate. I almost had this happen leaving an older Sam’s Club delivery. I scouted both options and neither was great. The entrance would have me in oncoming lanes from both directions. Next was a tight intersection on the side road. Thankfully it was a massive electrical pole and daylight. I stopped before hitting it and some cars had to move so I had enough room. Usually they schedule these early AM for a reason but this one was in the afternoon.

My routes have me in tight corners and small towns often. All I know to do is scout each one very well and look for every truck route sign that is posted. At times even pulling up street view so that I’m not in that predicament. Many smaller towns have a bypass road or a business highway. One of those side roads will be the one you’re looking for. You can always call and ask receiving. They usually know a good way, but not always and still use your judgement.

Never ever will I turn down a small road, even in an industrial section without looking at satellite view. Many places have one route in and out. Even if it’s unorthodox, it’s the best one the town deemed fit.

Never think the GPS is right. I’ve been taught that since day one. I had it try to take me down a one lane dirt road once. Noped that one.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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That’s unfortunate. I almost had this happen leaving an older Sam’s Club delivery. I scouted both options and neither was great. The entrance would have me in oncoming lanes from both directions. Next was a tight intersection on the side road. Thankfully it was a massive electrical pole and daylight. I stopped before hitting it and some cars had to move so I had enough room. Usually they schedule these early AM for a reason but this one was in the afternoon.

My routes have me in tight corners and small towns often. All I know to do is scout each one very well and look for every truck route sign that is posted. At times even pulling up street view so that I’m not in that predicament. Many smaller towns have a bypass road or a business highway. One of those side roads will be the one you’re looking for. You can always call and ask receiving. They usually know a good way, but not always and still use your judgement.

Never ever will I turn down a small road, even in an industrial section without looking at satellite view. Many places have one route in and out. Even if it’s unorthodox, it’s the best one the town deemed fit.

Never think the GPS is right. I’ve been taught that since day one. I had it try to take me down a one lane dirt road once. Noped that one.

That sounds like the Sam's club in Tulsa off 44. There's a massive pole there for the traffic light, right turn. You have to wait for traffic to clear out off the side street opposite lane, you need that lane. Narrow street. I had to wait 3 light cycles there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Donna M.'s Comment
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Just dang! ……..leave everyone hanging!

TwoSides11's Comment
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Just dang! ……..leave everyone hanging!

Lol, my apologies. Didn't mean to leave yall hanging with updates. My head hasn't been right all week, I took this week to really focus and pay more attention to what I'm doing. Trip planning this week included google satellite view, calls to the shipper/receiver for better directions and writing the proper streets to follow on a notepad.

The incident happened last Thursday night March 10th. Friday morning my DM calls and asks what happened because he saw a claim that I put in. Also got a call from the division manager that morning. She told me there is nothing to worry about, Safety would probably give me a call and decide what actions need to be taken, if any...

A week goes by and I hear nothing. I decide to give the division manager a call yesterday and left a message. I then call Safety and the guy couldnt tell me what was going on, told me they probably are still reviewing it. 20mins later my DM calls and asks me why I called the division manager. Apparently I didn't follow proper protocol which was to talk to my DM first. He was annoyed that I went over him, then told me the chain of command. Talk to him first, then terminal manager, then Safety. I am not suppose to call the division manager for anything. My mistake. I assured my DM I meant no disrespect towards him. I explained that I'm concerned about the incident and haven't heard anything yet. He told me no news is good news....

I don't totally agree with that. I haven't received a phone call saying be safer, use better judgment or anything. No contact from safety and I find that weird. I just cost the company two wrecker bills and whatever it costs to fix a street sign in a months time. I would think they would say something to me? Idk....

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I had to call a wrecker for a pull out of a ditch late last summer in Missouri on a dark side road. I encountered several deer crossing the highway and a car approaching me in the opposite direction. I bumped one of the deer, then avoided a swerving car headlights. I took the ditch instead of a glancing head on collision. No damage to our two vehicles, but I was stuck within sight of the consignee.

I never heard anything from my safety, dispatcher or operations about it.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Dispatcher:

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.
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