Companies That Take An Accident/termination??

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Christiana G.'s Comment
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I recently got into an accident and got terminated from the company I was with. I had parked on the shoulder for 2-3 minutes to look at the map because my GPS took me into a weird area. I got rear ended by a rental truck and in result I got terminated. This just happened last month. Is there a company that will take me? I've filled out at least 100+ applications and I keep getting "no". Any small companies or anything? Perhaps a company that will take a team? My husband also drives. Also I only have 6 months exp...

Some companies are telling me to wait a certain amount of time. Some are telling me it no because of the termination... Some saying no because of the accident.. Some saying drive for another company for 6month - a year with no accidents. (Which is hard if no one is giving me the opportunity). Sucks that all these companies see are the accidents and not how hard you work. My husband and I are in our early 20's we've been home once since January and just want to run hard. I'm sure I'm in a bad situation but I have a little hope are there any companies wiling to give a second chance?

Andy F.'s Comment
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Hey Christiana. I can certainly ly sympathize. I went to work right out of school with a somewhat local company. I trained 2 weeks and they sent me out solo. No complaints here In my second week, I pulled into a truck stop early one morning. I mUst have pulled in like I was driving a car, and my trailer dragged across the nose of a parked truck. Did some damage. To the other truck. Total newbie mistake. I was terminated the next morning. I found myself in a similar position with other companies. Many applications and many nos. I took my fiances advice. Instead of looking at larger companies, ones that are advertising for drivers, I looked in the local phone book for trucking companies. I found a very small company, family owned, about 9 trucks in their fleet. I presented myself, my limited credentials, and I'll start driving a reefer for them Monday morning. It's a 1099 situation, but at least it will keep me in the seat and getting that much needed experience. And who knows, I might like it enough to stay there. The owner is a really nice and personable guy that seems to care a lot about his few drivers. My point is, there is a job out there for you. Look for the little guys. I'll be running about the same lanes as my last company and the pay is 2 cpm more. Good luck to you and just don't give up. I believe there's a reason for everything. God bless.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Curtis J.'s Comment
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Hello Christiana,

What where the circumstances behind the accident? Did the driver of the rental truck crash into the back of you while you were pulled over? Did you have your four-way flashers on while pulled over? Did the driver of the rental truck crash into you when you were trying to pull back onto the roadway? If the driver crashed into your trailer while you were parked on the shoulder then it sounds like it was they're fault, assuming you had your four-way flashers on.

Andy F.'s Comment
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And by the way, please consider that I'm a complete newbie and my advice may not have been the best. Brett or Old School or some of the more experienced drivers may have better advice. I'm just sharing my eperience in hopes that it will help somehow.

Andy F.'s Comment
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Experience

Errol V.'s Comment
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Andy posted:

1099 situation

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Paying drivers as "independent contractors" is often a dodge by your employer to avoid paying their employment taxes and otherwise protecting their employee.

I don't mean to change the thread topic, but Andy, you are in a dangerous legal situation. Do a search here on "1099”.

Andy F.'s Comment
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Thanks Errol. Looking into it immediately

Scott O.'s Comment
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It don't matter why out what she did while on that shoulder you are not aloud to pull over there unless it's a emergency... you can have your flashers on all you want but if there's nothing wrong with your 4wheeler or truck it's your fault

Jessica A-M's Comment
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This is a sad event but, there's one thing I'm taking away from it and that's to premap the route in case the GPS is wrong. My car GPS likes to do all kinds of weird routing for me, I'd hate to have that unreliability in a truck and I prefer having backups. Not that I'm trying to lecture though. I really hope you find something soon. Good luck.

Renae S. (Angel)'s Comment
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This is a sad event but, there's one thing I'm taking away from it and that's to premap the route in case the GPS is wrong. My car GPS likes to do all kinds of weird routing for me, I'd hate to have that unreliability in a truck and I prefer having backups. Not that I'm trying to lecture though. I really hope you find something soon. Good luck.

In researching and finding out the situations new drivers can find themselves in, I'm feeling more and more comfortable about getting my experience with another driver in the passenger seat. I WANT to go solo eventually, but some situations like routing and running a funky GPS from the passenger side seems safer. Having someone to say, "Whoa! You're short. Go wider through here," just seems like a better learning situation than getting tossed into a truck with a wish and a prayer.

Just sayin'.

Renae (Angel)

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