5yrs Exp With Preventable Accident In POV

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TheChasMan's Comment
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I'm looking for a company that will hire me. I have 4yrs Exp OTR with a Clean Driving Record. The catch is, I was in a crash and was blamed for it although No One is able to tell me 'What I Did Wrong' or 'What Law I Broke'. The crash was in my PICK UP TRUCK (Not a CMV), so I have 2 Misdemeanors for the crash (Vehicular Manslaughter). My license was suspended for 90 days 3 years ago. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Davy A.'s Comment
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Hmmm. Vehicular Manslaughter is a serious charge. While it can be a misdameanor, its typically borderline and can be a felony. Probably the most common occurance for it is driving under the influence and or severe reckless driving resulting in death. The long and short of it is that a life was lost due to the crash. Im also assuming that the court, having decided you were guilty of those two charges probably most definitely told you why and what laws you violated in no uncertain terms.

Im not trying to bring the hammer down on you, but it seems like you have a callous disregard for the fact that someone died as a result of your accident. Weather or not you agree with the court finding you guilty, owning your part in the accident would be a good place to start. Also, not sure if the suspension was related to the accident or not, but thats a lot to unpack for a prospective employer.

In todays market, Id find it highly unlikely that youll find any takers. There are just too many clean well qualified drivers available compared to freight, and looks like its going to be that way for a while. You might try a 1099 company, although many are pretty sketchy, or a local construction dirt work company. Although, no offense, its going to be almost impossible for a prospective company to insure you as a driver with those charges.


Hours Of Service

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BK's Comment
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It’s really difficult to understand this question. What were the details of this fatal accident? If you did nothing wrong and weren’t at fault, why did you get the vehicular manslaughter charge?

I would be shocked if any company would hire a driver with that conviction on the record. And if you haven’t driven for years, you would probably have to start from scratch again anyway.


PJ's Comment
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This is hard to understand since no info is given relating to corelation of incidents.

First and foremost charges of any type aren’t a secret to the defendant.

Second a suspension of a drivers license is no secret either.

Either on or both negate the statement of a clean driving record.

As already said jobs are hard to come by and drivers with alot more experience and no baggage are finding it difficult to land a job.

Large carriers probably won’t take a chance on you and small ones their insurance companies will not accept you.

I don’t mean to be harsh, but your situation is harsh. As Davy said maybe sketchy 1099 companies are about your only possible shot.

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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All your Attaboys in the semi just got wiped out by one "Aw Shyt" incident. You are basically done as a CDL A driver for awhile. Either do the sketchy 1099 companies or go into class B driving until there's enough time that it drops off your record.



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.
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