Can't Get Hired...

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Mad Hatter's Comment
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I finished school in November and still can't get hired. I haven't had an accident since 2008 (literally since the month after I got my drivers license for the first time) until this last year. I was in one accident in March due to weather conditions, and I went into a ditch. And the other in August because some dumb broad stopped for a jay walker and I didn't stop in time. Im still waiting to hear from Prime but I don't think it's going to turn out well. This is compete bull. Two accident in 6 years and because they weren't too recent. Smh this whole thing was a waste of time and a lot of resources.

ButtonUp's Comment
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Were these accidents in your personal vehicle?

Mad Hatter's Comment
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Yeah they were. Back in March when I was working in the steel industry, and recently in September on my way home from the library.

Chris L.'s Comment
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Don't give up if you really want this. You just have to keep applying like crazy. Just be super careful when someone gives you a chance because after a year of safe class A driving you will be golden.

Mad Hatter's Comment
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Yeah I'm hoping Prime will pluck me up. I got a no from a Werner and TMC. But I'm definitely hoping for the best. I got my CDL last month on the 10th and know that companies don't like hiring recent graduates after 30 days. So idk... the extreme worst case scenario is working a municipal position. But that would blow everything since all they use is straight trucks.

CDL:

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.
Bud A.'s Comment
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And the other in August because some dumb broad stopped for a jay walker and I didn't stop in time.

Armando, I know you probably didn't mean it the way it comes across, but I'm glad the "dumb broad" stopped for the jaywalker. My wife got hit by a car a year ago while she was in the crosswalk because the girl driving the car was texting. It's too bad you ran into her, but better to hit another car than a pedestrian.

Companies will look at that as a preventable accident since if you had been following further back and/or driving slower, you would have had time to stop. That's definitely not something you want to do in a big rig.

Keep trying, you'll find someone who will give you a chance.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mad Hatter's Comment
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I understand where you're coming from. I've had a friend that was hit by a car in a hit and run. She lost three months to a coma, and then another year to rehabilitation. This was three years ago and she's still recovering from it financially and physically.

But there's a definite line between a jay walker and a pedestrian whom is legally walking.

We were going west bound. The light was red, then turned green. He (the pedestrian) had just gotten off a public transportation bus that was going North. Instead of going threw the crosswalk he went to the median line. The first car went forward when the light had turned green. The rest of us began to roll forward. I glanced at him looked forward and bumped the car in front. There were three cars total. One the white suv that stopped, a brown impala that was between us, and myself. My car had absolutely no damage, and neither did the impala from the rear. But the Impala's headlight went out and the suv's rear bumper was caved in. The suv fled the scene. And I stayed with the other driver. I got no ticket but was at fault.

I cant argue with receiving the ticket. It was my fault. But she shouldn't have fled or stopped for the pedestrian. It's not like we were riding in the right lane. If that was the case then yeah she had to stop for the guy crossing the street legally. But he wasn't. So for that he's a jaywalker and she's dumb. lol

Laws and rules are there for a reason. Just like being held liable for an accident by waving a driver into a parking lot, and then having them be hit by another car going in same direction as you but in the next lane over.

But in all seriousness I'm sorry to hear that about your wife, that's very unfortunate. It's insane how one quick incident can change the course of someone's life so quick.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Both of your accidents you immediately start to blame something or someone else for the accident when in reality you were at fault on both occasions. Millions of people drive on snow and ice every year with no accident. The other incident you blamed a "dumb broad" and if you were paying attention to your travel path instead of people on the side of the road you would not have hit the other car. You are going to believe what ever you want but until you learn to take responsibility then and only then do you need to get behind the wheel of an 80,000 vehicle.

I know it seems harsh but when it comes to safely operating an 18 wheeler I tend to err on the side of caution. Such as the pass I went over today... Very winding with 20 mph corners and it has been snowing here then melting and freezing again at night. Even though it had been sanded, I still went up and down that pass very slowly. Guess what? I made it to the bottom and did not hit anything.

So until you can truly understand what it is to take responsibility, you do not belong behind the wheel of a big rig. Such as going too fast for road conditions and you ended up in the ditch, it was not the fault of the snow it was you traveling too fast.

I do wish you luck and I know that changing your attitude about driving will help you a lot in your career.

Some of you may know Fletcher pass but most not.... Here is a video of a motorcycle running that road....

http://youtu.be/7LOUv1FVqDY

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

David's Comment
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Both of your accidents you immediately start to blame something or someone else for the accident when in reality you were at fault on both occasions. Millions of people drive on snow and ice every year with no accident. The other incident you blamed a "dumb broad" and if you were paying attention to your travel path instead of people on the side of the road you would not have hit the other car. You are going to believe what ever you want but until you learn to take responsibility then and only then do you need to get behind the wheel of an 80,000 vehicle.

I know it seems harsh but when it comes to safely operating an 18 wheeler I tend to err on the side of caution. Such as the pass I went over today... Very winding with 20 mph corners and it has been snowing here then melting and freezing again at night. Even though it had been sanded, I still went up and down that pass very slowly. Guess what? I made it to the bottom and did not hit anything.

So until you can truly understand what it is to take responsibility, you do not belong behind the wheel of a big rig. Such as going too fast for road conditions and you ended up in the ditch, it was not the fault of the snow it was you traveling too fast.

I do wish you luck and I know that changing your attitude about driving will help you a lot in your career.

Some of you may know Fletcher pass but most not.... Here is a video of a motorcycle running that road....

http://youtu.be/7LOUv1FVqDY

+1 for whats said here.

A company will not take you with 2 accidents in such short times. If its March of 2014 and Sept of 2014 that's only 6 months apart, and we are in Dec now. (9 months for the first and 3 for the second.)

I was in the same boat as you. I drove locally ended up getting 3 accidents in a company vehicle and no one would take me. (my first was last Dec, 2nd was in Feb and 3rd in April) not to far from each other... similar to yours.. I caught a brake though, none are on my DMV record and my last employer forgot to send my file to Gordon and so I got on with them..

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mad Hatter's Comment
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I took blame bud. On the first accident I had the cruise control on sitting at 65 mph. In wet conditions you should never have the cruise on. And coming from south Texas to Michigan I never connected the two. That wasn't a malicious act but an ignorant one. And on the second act I took the blame again (read the fourth paragraph). Before I got my license I operated a over head crane that lifted tons and 4000 casting machine that could blow 1250ยค mag everywhere. Safety is my middle name. I don't need to justify my maturity to anyone.

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