Following To Close New Driver

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Bill C.'s Comment
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Hello Brothers I have a question for you I’m a new student I’m about to graduate and get my CDL next week unfortunately I got in a car accident last week and a very weird accident I was going 5 miles an hour and I still pumped into the corner back of the ladies car infront of me. so the police told me that the street was not so good and the traffic light is to blame and all that stuff also he told me not to worry about my CDL and he did not give me a ticket but here had the report saying that I was following too close. will this affect me in finding a job in a good job in the future? Do you think it will be in my driving record even though there was no ticket?

Thank u in advance

I live in Connecticut

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Whst the cop did was just write a report and let the insurance companies deal with it. You will have to disclose the collision on job applications and explain what happened. Companies all set their own standards on what they will accept.

The street nor the traffic light caused this collision, so I would not try to minimize this incident when asked by recruiters. Unless your police report lists those specifically as contributing factors.

Sounds like the primary collision factor is your inattention based on what you have written here.

Companies are going to want to know you understand your responsibility and what you have learned from this incident to give them confidence it won’t happen if they put you in their truck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Companies are going to want to know you understand your responsibility and what you have learned from this incident to give them confidence it won’t happen if they put you in their truck.

I just want to back up what PJ is saying here. This is a critical point. Take full responsibility for what happened. Do not blame the traffic light or the other driver or anything else.

Why?

First, those who spend all their time blaming, complaining, and criticizing don't learn. They keep making the same mistakes. Companies want to work with people who will listen and learn.

Second, life on the road is nothing but crazy obstacles all day, every day. If you run into someone because of an awkward traffic light or challenging roadway, you're going to run into things all the time in this business. That will not work.

Show you're the type that takes responsibility. Show remorse. Let them know you've learned from it and you're now far more vigilant. That approach will get you far more opportunities than playing the blame game.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bill C.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for your advices and I admired and I understand but could you please tell me just for peace of mind if it will be in my driving record even though I did not receive a ticket?

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.
Old School's Comment
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It's not going to be in your driving record, but that doesn't mean the companies you apply to can't find it. They also have access to reports from your insurance company. That's where it will show up. You need to tell them about it and have some really good things to share with them indicating what you learned from it.

Following too closely is a serious matter. Don't take this one lightly. They will also be able to access the police report on the accident.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Different states have varying rules they follow. I know how Ca does it. Their record has 2 parts, Citations and collisions. Any reported collision a police report was done will show up. IF police list who’s at fault they will say so. Most of the time it doesn’t state who’s at fault. Most cops try and stay out of that area. Let the insurance companies argue it out.

Check with your state’s licensing authority.

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