New Driver Accident!! Help

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Jack F.'s Comment
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Today was my first solo otr. Pulled into a Flying J for the night and took a corner a little sharp. My trailer hit the drivers side of another truck damaging the fender, front bumper and mirror. I reported it immediately to my dispatch and changed info. There was no damage to my trailer just the other drivers didn’t crack the headlight just damage body as stated above. Will they fire me?


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.

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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It really depends on who you are driving for. If it's a small company, more than likely. If it's one of the big carriers, maybe.

This is not a good time for drivers, so be prepared to be let go. However, when you talk with Safety, eat humble pie, let them know that you were wrong and know it, what you learned from this incident and you may just save your job. The big companies know that most all trainees will have one or more incidents their first year and are prepared to keep them on.

Good luck to you.


BK's Comment
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Hello Jack from a fellow Wisconsinite Cheesehead.

Like Laura said, kinda depends on who you drive for, so who is it? I started with Schneider and made several rookie boo boos like yours when I started. Not on my first day, but still they were painful lessons.

Hopefully your company has training invested in you and will want to keep you on. Much depends on your attitude, so OWN your mistake and be more careful moving forward. (And backwards).


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Most larger companies actually expect li'l fender benders in your rookie year. Expect a chat with the Safety Office. Be sure you say you learned more about how long your trailer is. Never use the words "I thought" or "I assumed" in that meeting, they can be nails in your trucking career coffin.

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