Got Rear Ended.

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Bird-One's Comment
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A lot of details with this incident but I’ll give the readers digest. I was driving along I-90 yesterday on what was supposed to be an easy day. 4 lane highway I was in that 3rd lane. Traffic was minimal. It was 5:20 in the morning Just cruising along at 65 miles an hour minding my own business. Checking my mirrors and really no traffic yet. And that’s when I hear something I hope to never hear again. Sounded like a mini explosion going off in the back of my trailer and got knocked forward.

Got knocked forward hard enough a knob popped off my dashboard. I looked over and see a completely smashed up pickup truck swerving all over the place and than made a hard right. The truck comes to a rest straddling the shoulder and the far right lane. I get pulled over relative quick since I’m empty. I jump out look at the mile marker to call 911 but to me shock I see a guy jump out walking towards me giving me a wave.

I immediately ask him if he’s okay and if he needs an ambulance. He says no only his wrist is sore. I was quite sure he was either intoxicated or fell asleep because when I asked him what happened he said he was “dodging a rock”. He hit me with such force the side of the icc bumper did a complete 180. See the pics below. He was well over the speed limit I’d say.

Law enforcement got on the scene. And got what needed to be done pretty quick. I asked if the guy was okay and if he was in fact intoxicated. They said he was okay and not intoxicated. And is sticking to the dodging a rock story which we both knew was bs. Doesn’t change the fact either way his insurance will be paying for that bumper. Got all my papers back and went on my way. How he walked away with just a sore wrist still blows me away. And it just shows how much impact a trailer can take and how Mach damage it can cause. Had I been in my Subaru completely different story I’m sure.

Since this is a non preventable my question is how exactly does a non preventable effect your record these days?

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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He must have been going incredibly fast and either fell asleep which is highly likely at that time or was on the phone. Amazing how much of a hit that bumper can take and how much vehicle safety has improved so he could walk away from that.

Hopefully the police report gets filled out properly this time. Still looking at other options?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow! What a shock that must have been. I’m glad you are ok and even that the knucklehead pickup driver is ok. I see so many cars and pickups driving at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic, it’s amazing that things like this don’t happen more often.

I think there was a rock sometime in that guys life that he didn’t dodge and it hit him square in the head.

PackRat's Comment
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Glad you're okay. Stupid 4 wheelers, always in a hurry to get nowhere!

PackRat's Comment
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I have three non-preventables on my DAC and one no-fault accident in my POV on my driving record. I have been asked about these during some driving interviews, but never had a problem being hired.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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My DAC has three non-preventable accidents on it. All three were caused by 4-wheelers with 2 in Calif not merging properly and hitting my steers and one running a stop sign and hitting my drives and the tandems. That one hit so hard he dropped his motor and knocked the tandems out of whack!

I've been with two companies since then and neither of them asked anything about the non-preventables.

Laura

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

Banks's Comment
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Glad you're ok.

How much is his lawyer going to get for him? Ball park figure is fine.

Bird-One's Comment
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Hopefully the police report gets filled out properly this time. Still looking at other options?

Yeah hopefully man but I think all the ducks were in a row this time. And at the moment, no. Things are going alright. But if anything drastic happens I will more than likely give OD another shot. I can’t believe it was back in July that I interviewed.

I have three non-preventables on my DAC and one no-fault accident in my POV on my driving record. I have been asked about these during some driving interviews, but never had a problem being hired.

Thanks for clearing that up Packrat and Laura.

Glad you're ok.

How much is his lawyer going to get for him? Ball park figure is fine.

Yeah I’m sure his insurance will give it a try. I wish him luck this was pretty cut and dry. I was alittle surprised he didn’t get any kind of a ticket. Imagine if roles were reversed.

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.

George B.'s Comment
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He swerved to miss a rock and rear ended you? I think the officer who believed his story got hit in the head w the same rock!wtf.gif Glad everyone is ok. Especially you Bird one.

Banks's Comment
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He swerved to miss a rock and rear ended you? I think the officer who believed his story got hit in the head w the same rock!wtf.gif Glad everyone is ok. Especially you Bird one.

The police don't determine if a story is factual, they just take statements and document what they see.

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