Accident Or Incident?

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Amanda K.'s Comment
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It’s not about my feelings or anyone’s feelings. I appreciate your comments, however, not helpful. Of course it was the drivers fault. Of course he learned from the mistake. But that’s not really what I’m asking here. Thank you though


Who told your friend that it would be on his record for 7 years?

Are you a driver yourself? If you are, then you would know, unless you are a brand new driver also, that it is up to the company whether they report it as an incident or as an accident. It has nothing to do with dollar amount that they spent for repairs or how severe the situation was. You would also know, that it wouldn't be on his record for 7 years, but only 3 years. Was this friend fired for this incident/accident?

If you aren't a driver, then why are you getting involved in this person's business? What is it that you want us to help you with?

Tell him to get his DAC record:

DAC Record

Once a year is free. Any more requests after that is $10 a request. It may take upwards of a month if they have reported it to get recorded. If they kept him on and didn't fire him, then I wouldn't even order one for a while, because as time goes on, beginners have incidents and accidents and that way down the road he can get a free one and look to see what all was recorded.

Maybe this just is not the place for me to ask opinions about trucking? I assumed it was but I suppose I was wrong.


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Amanda.. please understand that we are all here after driving 600+ miles a day and do this as a hobby. We are often rushing and tired. I read your statement several times trying to figure out what you were trying to say about the "not broken" issue. Honestly, to me that was confusing. In these situations it is usually best for the driver to come to us so we have the proper communication.

It will be difficult but not impossible to find a job in this horrible market. Apply everywhere. However the company just states what happened while the new employer gets determine how important it is to them. It may be more important how long he worked there.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Having done this myself, I suspect the lines where pulled out of either the glad hands or the the back of the tractor. The mechanic probably cut off a inch of the rubber lines and reinstalled the lines.

It is upto the individual company on how they handle such a incident. Since they had to send a mechanic out that is probably why they considered a "accident" Mine was considered an accident since the lines had to be replaced, and it cost me my safety bonus.

I wouldn't worry to much about it, rookies are expected to have minor incidents like this. Learn from it and do not do it again. After a year of safe driving it should have no impact on any future jobs.

BK's Comment
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Amanda, did anybody take pictures of the damage at the time, before it got fixed? If you have pictures, it would be helpful.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I had that happen to me when I first started at Legends (2nd company) We had a small drop lot a couple miles from the terminal. I got my trailer to leave, this was a small tight yard. I had to make a very tight u-turn to head out (1 gate in & out), slowly as I am making my turn, I heard this loud *POP* bang pshhhhhh noise. I found that the air lines (my brand new truck) caught the A/C dryer pressure switch on the back of the cab. Which had torn thru the convoluted protective wrap on the air lines. Tore a big cut and blew the hose.

I called the shop, told em what happened, they had me drop the trailer where it sat (crooked) and come to the shop to get new set of airlines. They told me it was no big deal, that FL puts 12 foot hose sets on new trucks, and we need 15 foot hoses. Mechanic swapped out my lines, and I was on my way. They had many hose sets in stock for this reason.

I thought hmmm, maybe just order the trucks with the 15 foot hoses and save the grief hahaha.....Never got any flack for this "incident" just told it happens all the time. No biggee, ok cool


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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