My Major Rookie Mistake

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Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Well I really messed things up today. Got into an accident. Here is my version of the story.

I was pulling out onto the road from my shipper. I came to a stop. Looked both directions. Did not see anything. So I proceeded. Turns out there was a suv on the blind side of a hill I missed. I keep pulling onto the road. Suddenly I hear a horn. Slam on my brakes. Then my luck turned bad fast. The other driver and I collided. Not much more than some traded paint. But I did get a ticket for failure to yield. No body was hurt. I did have to have part of my deer guard removed tho. Just hope I still have a job after I get this load delivered tomorrow.

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The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Well I really messed things up today. Got into an accident. Here is my version of the story.

I was pulling out onto the road from my shipper. I came to a stop. Looked both directions. Did not see anything. So I proceeded. Turns out there was a suv on the blind side of a hill I missed. I keep pulling onto the road. Suddenly I hear a horn. Slam on my brakes. Then my luck turned bad fast. The other driver and I collided. Not much more than some traded paint. But I did get a ticket for failure to yield. No body was hurt. I did have to have part of my deer guard removed tho. Just hope I still have a job after I get this load delivered tomorrow.

If that is all you did, then you are in great shape.

I did much worse than that and still had a job, so don't sweat the small stuff. Next time we see each other, remind me and I will show you pictures of what I did.

Ernie

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Well I really messed things up today. Got into an accident. Here is my version of the story.

I was pulling out onto the road from my shipper. I came to a stop. Looked both directions. Did not see anything. So I proceeded. Turns out there was a suv on the blind side of a hill I missed. I keep pulling onto the road. Suddenly I hear a horn. Slam on my brakes. Then my luck turned bad fast. The other driver and I collided. Not much more than some traded paint. But I did get a ticket for failure to yield. No body was hurt. I did have to have part of my deer guard removed tho. Just hope I still have a job after I get this load delivered tomorrow.

Sorry to hear, I hope it all works out for you.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Thanks I just feel bad about the whole thing. I guess that since they keep giving me loads that I still have a job.

One thing is for sure though. I will start triple checking or more before I ever pull out from anywhere.

Schism's Comment
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A driver can triple and even quadruple check but the fact is that it's so slow moving a loaded rig from stop to get the hell moving we will always be at the mercy of slow to react personal vehicle drivers .

David's Comment
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Yea, you'll be all right... Worst case, company makes you do a drive test...

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am not saying every company is like this and it might sound like a lot but alot of self insured companies (most of the large companies) have a cap or limit on the amount of damage the it can absorb before that person is a liability. For CR England it was a $10,000 cap. If a driver did 10k in damage then they were gone. New trainer companies know inexperienced drivers will make mistakes and the reason for a high limit. Although $10,000 is not really that high considering that a truck hood with paint and labor to replace will run you close to $6,000 at the very least. Most times more.

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