Accident. Life Over?

Topic 8567 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Car Washer Mac's Comment
member avatar

Well I screwed up today. I was driving my dads car home from Walmart and I was behind a pickup in a turnaround. He went like he was going to merge into traffic. So I went forward a little bit and checked to see if I was in the clear. I had plenty of room to merge into traffic so I pulled out... Except the pickup was still there. I hit the back of his truck and cracked a taillight and bent in his fender. The damage to my dads car was worse though. The headlight was cracked, the fender messed up and the plastic of the wheel arch was bent in towards the wheel.

I've always prided myself in being a careful driver and not having any accidents. Ever since I got a speeding ticket over 2 years ago I have been serious about driving safely. But I feel like I really screwed myself over here. I probably ruined my future career today, not to mention that I have to give all of my savings to pay for the damage. Is there any chance that I will get hired as a driver in two years when I turn 21 with a speeding ticket and an accident on my record?

I'll just be here, hitting my head against the wall...

Pat M.'s Comment
member avatar

You will be just fine. The ticket will be 4 years removed and the accident 2 years. What you have to do now is be even more careful with your driving. Give yourself more room, slow your speed and drive defensively. Don't automatically think that the police will give you a 5 mph buffer on speeding. Keep your nose clean and you will be fine.

Oh and get your butt out of bed earlier so that you will not be running late. I see this all the time with people rushing to get to work. I always go by the mantra that I would rather be 30 minutes early than 10 minutes late.

The Dude's Comment
member avatar

You're hireable.

Brett Aquila's Comment
member avatar

Yeah you'll be fine. You might get some companies that won't allow an at-fault accident within a certain time frame but otherwise you'll be fine.

Daniel's Comment
member avatar

I'm not sure how other states operate but, in Texas: I believe it's kept up to 15 years. 3 years for the "points system" (DRP; Supposedly supposed to be abolished years ago, but still active).

In Texas: You can take a 'defensive driving' course, and the ticket/points are removed (court record simply reflects "DEFENSIVE DRIVING" and nothing else).

Every state is different. Every county in Texas for that matter.. You can also have speeding tickets and other traffic violations expunged (special circumstances.. If you can convince the judge after the fact, and a period of time has elapsed).

Car Washer Mac's Comment
member avatar

Alright it sounds like I'll be okay. I'll see if I can take a defensive driving course to get it off of my record. And I definitely need to be more careful.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More