1 DOT Recordable on Class B - Will Carriers Sponsor Me to CDL A Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by RutMat, May 15, 2022.

  1. RutMat

    RutMat Bobtail Member

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    Hello, I can't find a specific post on my situation.

    I received a DOT recordable for rear-ending someone who slammed on their brakes in front of me because they saw a pedestrian on the side of the road coming up a hill. The intersection was a blind one and very controversial in that town. The pedestrian did not active the crosswalk warning lights.

    My employer reviewed the drive cam and told me there was nothing I could have done to avoid this... I did not lose my job and maintained my "trainer" status with the company. Their lawyer is defending me in the lawsuit, and a judge gave me supervision as this is the only accident I have ever had in 40 years of driving and 3 years of Class B driving. My MVR is squeaky clean otherwise.

    I would like to hire on specifically at Millis Transfer's CDL training program because their company seems to check off the most boxes for me as a long-term career. Their main website seems to indicate that they would take me as a student, but they have another website that states no major accidents or moving violations on current license in the last 5 years.

    If anyone is familiar with Millis or any other major carrier that will hire me on despite this, I would love to hear from you. Additionally, any advice on getting into the industry is much appreciated as well.
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i think that as long as you have a lawyer defending you in this case and your employer's remarks on record, you should be able to obtain what you want.

    of course, no matter what, they will tell you to stay farther back to avoid this again.

    the worse any employer can say is.......NO

    but you gotta just get up and try.
     
  4. Chinatown

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    Apply at Millis anyway. You won't know until you apply. Don't call first; submit the application first.
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    Where is your location? Maybe some other companies to consider.
    What type driving is your #1 choice?
     
  5. RutMat

    RutMat Bobtail Member

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    I am moving from Illinois to Tennessee in July. After getting a TN drivers license I will take the CLP test and apply to companies. I would prefer regional driving as I still have a 14 year old daughter at home. My husband will stay with her but I want to see her as often as I can. Money isn't the main motivator for me... I fell in love with bobtails as a transfer driver for a truck dealership.
     
  6. Chinatown

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    I'm from Tennessee originally. Which town are you moving to?
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    Since Millis is your first choice, apply as soon as you have your Tennessee drivers license and CLP.
     
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  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    First of all please drop that Recordable prefix this just means the carrier has to record the accident in their accident register, for these purposes it means nothing. It seems to me that you have already answered your own question. I would HIGHLY advise staying with your current carrier until that 5-year thing has elapsed. ANYTIME you have something like this to happen TIME is the best cure. I might also add that there is a chance this company might hire you though. I would contact someone there.
     
  8. ZVar

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    Your employer was wrong. Anytime you rear end someone it's your fault for following too close. Period.

    Every safety department you apply to will see this, and if all they see is excuses they will likely pass on you. Own up to your mistake, learn from it and move on.
     
  9. Moose1958

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    I have to agree. It's tough, but you are right. I have never met a safety critter yet that will say otherwise. You hit someone in the rear you were following too close.

    Generally speaking, it is somewhat difficult to manage space properly when in traffic. I am positive I am not the only person ever to operate a CMV that has been frustrated in traffic.
     
  10. RutMat

    RutMat Bobtail Member

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    We are moving to the Johnson City area... thanks for the encouragement!
     
  11. RutMat

    RutMat Bobtail Member

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    Yes, I see your point and I need to be careful how I say things. The camera showed I was driving under the speed limit and I had about a 5 second following distance. It also showed I was attentive to my driving. The hill was steep and by the time my brain registered a stopped vehicle in front of me it was too late to get my vehicle stopped in time. So yes, technically it was my fault and the safety manager told me at the end of the day it was following distance. But he advocated for me with corporate and corporate allowed me to keep my training job because I wasn't being negligent.
     
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