One Minor At Fault Accident A Year Ago

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Brandon G.'s Comment
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Sorry if this has been asked before. I have one minor accident on my record and no citations issued. The accident was about 13 months ago. Aside from that my driving record is clean, never any speeding tickets or violations , dui or criminal history. How much will this one accident affect my chances of getting hired? Thanks


Driving Under the Influence

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome, Brandon.

Many companies want 3 years of a clean MVR. But, a lot will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Such as fault, speed, citations issued, etc. Companies will review each case individually, and make a decision based on those circumstances. Additionally, they will look at other factors such as your whole MVR , CR, and work history to determine whether you will be a good candidate or not. So one minor accident alongside a stellar work history may not have much of an impact on your chances of being hired.

I say go for it. Start out by reading these links to prep yourself:

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Let us know how things are going, and come to us with questions. Good luck!


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Brandon, like Turtle points out, the circumstances of the accident will determine the final outcome. For example, a little over a year ago I backed into a parked car. Minor damage, but more than $1000. I was at fault but the police were not involved, no citation issued and the insurance company took care of the damages.

When I was able to return to truck driving, I had to disclose this because we never lie to a company if we hope to get a job.

I got offers from 3 companies and was rejected by 2 others if my memory serves me correctly. It helped that my driving record was otherwise clean. So apply to multiple companies. It only takes one yes.

Brandon G.'s Comment
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Thank you guys so much for replies. My accident basically consisted of me traveling on a narrow one lane road with a steep drop off on one side and rocks on the other side. Upon meeting this vehicle it pulled to my right on a slight pull off and as I passed my rear tire scratched his rear fender. I was moving at a mile or 2 an hour. Unfortunately it was a brand new Honda Accord and damages were over a $1000 but no police involved and insurance covered also.

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