Accident Backing Up

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Brian P.'s Comment
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Let me start off by saying I have 1 year experience as of now and just had my first accident backing up, not big just paint rub. The other driver wanted to call the police and they showed up and did their thing, not much they can do considering we already exchanged information. The thing is my father was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I thought it'd be best to work locally for the time being. How does this accident affect my chances from getting a local job?

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Let me start off by saying I have 1 year experience as of now and just had my first accident backing up, not big just paint rub. The other driver wanted to call the police and they showed up and did their thing, not much they can do considering we already exchanged information. The thing is my father was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I thought it'd be best to work locally for the time being. How does this accident affect my chances from getting a local job?

Hi, Brian P. !!

So sorry to hear about your dad; sheesh.

There are really SO many more questions than answers, considering .. much as of late. How is YOUR company treating it / reporting it? What was 'their' take on the faux pas? Extra safety classes, et al?

IMHO, you probably SHOULD hang out with 'them' a bit longer (if you can) . . and make your 'amends,' per se. Maybe just for a few more months, until this 'schmoozes' over ?!?!?

I'm not knowing your company, but probably doesn't matter. MANY companies have routes that can keep you closer to home, in situations as yours.

I'm hoping the pro's weigh in; this is just my .02, having been married to a 20 year driver; what we (he) would do.

Best to ya, Brian.

Let us know. Sorry about the 'booty bump!' (Tractor?)

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brian P.'s Comment
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Let me start off by saying I have 1 year experience as of now and just had my first accident backing up, not big just paint rub. The other driver wanted to call the police and they showed up and did their thing, not much they can do considering we already exchanged information. The thing is my father was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I thought it'd be best to work locally for the time being. How does this accident affect my chances from getting a local job?

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Hi, Brian P. !!

So sorry to hear about your dad; sheesh.

There are really SO many more questions than answers, considering .. much as of late. How is YOUR company treating it / reporting it? What was 'their' take on the faux pas? Extra safety classes, et al?

IMHO, you probably SHOULD hang out with 'them' a bit longer (if you can) . . and make your 'amends,' per se. Maybe just for a few more months, until this 'schmoozes' over ?!?!?

I'm not knowing your company, but probably doesn't matter. MANY companies have routes that can keep you closer to home, in situations as yours.

I'm hoping the pro's weigh in; this is just my .02, having been married to a 20 year driver; what we (he) would do.

Best to ya, Brian.

Let us know. Sorry about the 'booty bump!' (Tractor?)

~ Anne ~

I work for prime and it's not serious at all, no classes just treating it as human error no big deal. I already I formed my dispatcher that I want to leave on the 25th of this month and they are completely fine with it, they didn't mention anything about dedicated routes or regional so I assumed they didn't have anything available, unfortunately I don't think I can stay otr my father is older and I fear he won't be able to do certain things while my mother is at work, once treatment begins so I feel it's my turn to help father, I owe him so much. We actually don't know what to expect considering this a first for us. Thanks for the reply.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Steve L.'s Comment
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Be honest and it probably won't make much of a difference. There's also the possibility you may decide you need to move into something where you're not driving anyway.

Sorry to hear about your Father. It sounds like your relationship with him is really close. Not everyone is so fortunate so, make it a priority and enjoy as much of it as you can. Trucking, in some form, will be here when you're ready to come back.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Let me start off by saying I have 1 year experience as of now and just had my first accident backing up, not big just paint rub. The other driver wanted to call the police and they showed up and did their thing, not much they can do considering we already exchanged information. The thing is my father was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I thought it'd be best to work locally for the time being. How does this accident affect my chances from getting a local job?

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Hi, Brian P. !!

So sorry to hear about your dad; sheesh.

There are really SO many more questions than answers, considering .. much as of late. How is YOUR company treating it / reporting it? What was 'their' take on the faux pas? Extra safety classes, et al?

IMHO, you probably SHOULD hang out with 'them' a bit longer (if you can) . . and make your 'amends,' per se. Maybe just for a few more months, until this 'schmoozes' over ?!?!?

I'm not knowing your company, but probably doesn't matter. MANY companies have routes that can keep you closer to home, in situations as yours.

I'm hoping the pro's weigh in; this is just my .02, having been married to a 20 year driver; what we (he) would do.

Best to ya, Brian.

Let us know. Sorry about the 'booty bump!' (Tractor?)

~ Anne ~

double-quotes-end.png

I work for prime and it's not serious at all, no classes just treating it as human error no big deal. I already I formed my dispatcher that I want to leave on the 25th of this month and they are completely fine with it, they didn't mention anything about dedicated routes or regional so I assumed they didn't have anything available, unfortunately I don't think I can stay otr my father is older and I fear he won't be able to do certain things while my mother is at work, once treatment begins so I feel it's my turn to help father, I owe him so much. We actually don't know what to expect considering this a first for us. Thanks for the reply.

Be honest and it probably won't make much of a difference. There's also the possibility you may decide you need to move into something where you're not driving anyway.

Sorry to hear about your Father. It sounds like your relationship with him is really close. Not everyone is so fortunate so, make it a priority and enjoy as much of it as you can. Trucking, in some form, will be here when you're ready to come back.

You're most welcome, Brian. I know what it's like to lose a parent (x2.)

I totally agree with Steve here, also. Depart on solid ground; the industry will be here. Just don't let your Fed Med lapse.

There's always Lowe's looking for daily sprinters with CDL's in almost ANYTOWN, USA.

Wish you the best, man.

~ Anne ~

ps: FAMILY first.. FOR sure. You are a great son, good sir. Powers that be ... see this. I wish your family well in the near future.

CDL:

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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