How Do You Respond To How Many Accidents You Have On Applications?

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Alexander H.'s Comment
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How do you respond to the question about how many accidents you have on trucking applications? When they ask for howcmany accidents you've had, are they asking like how many (aka, crashes, or aka, what the company defines as a preventable accident)

For example, I have accidents that my company said we're accidents, like (1) turning the truck around, and the steer tires going on the grass. (2) blowing a tire on the highway. (3) Bumping another trucks bumper at under 2 mph with little damage. Law enforcement never came out to the scene, and police reports were never written and citations were ever issued.

When I've gone through different forums about accidents, people are always talking about police reports, and the motor vehicle record.

Also, when I check my DAC Report right now with Hire Right, it's totally blank. Hire Right toldxne that's because they don't have any information reported to my file. Another trucker told me that's because some companies don't report to your DAC until you get fired or terminated.

I asked my friend 2hos been in trucking for a while, and he told me that when companies ask for how many accidents, they want to know how many accidents involving police.

He told me that his first year, he had several accidents/incidents that his company deemed preventable on his DAC, and when he applied to Averitt, he said he told them he had 0 accidents, and he got the job. He told me they didn't even bring up a thing that was on his DAC Report. Now, he's been with them for 10 years.

Do any of you have experience with this?

Thanks a lot y'all.

Motor Vehicle Record:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Alexander, the general rule is to report any accidents your company reported to the DOT or that your company may put on your DAC. Now the problem is you won't know what they'll put on the DAC , but you probably have a good idea if you had an incident they would deem worthy of putting on your DAC.

Blowing a tire, for instance, is certainly not an accident. Running into something is an accident, no matter how minor.

So if you hit something, and it was reported to your company, include that as an accident.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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