Accident on a new Cdl

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Spiritguide, Jul 22, 2021 at 1:31 AM.

  1. Spiritguide

    Spiritguide Bobtail Member

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    Hey so I recently tried with Schneider and was told it s not happening with them because of an incident/accident I had previously.
    Long story short took a wrong turn when following the GPS ended up on a road I couldn`t quite make the turn on and landed two of my rear axels on the passenger side in a trench so I couldn`t reverse and ended up having to be pulled out by a wrecker :( No damages to the tractor or trailer and no injuries or tickets but it s on my permanent record.
    Am I going to be able to find a company that hires me with a months experience or should I just kiss my CDL goodbye already due to a bad mistake?
     
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  3. fairshake

    fairshake Heavy Load Member

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    You should be ok, just remember the lesson.
     
  4. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    It doesn't sound that bad. No one is perfect. Learn from your mistake. Someone will hire you.

    Ask @Chinatown for recommendations. Let him know where you live.
     
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  5. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    So common, yet avoidable. Please, learn to route your trip and WRITE IT DOWN on paper. Step by step. GPS is one tool in the tool box. Never trust a GPS unit to get you to your destination. Particularly, when you have gone off route. At that point that box will dig your grave for you. It will immediately tell you....turn left at the next road, make a u turn, etc. It is simply doing what it it programmed to do.....get you back to the route you were on, regardless of the consequences for a big effing truck. Learn to use an Atlas and Google satellite view to find the best route. You will get another chance.
     
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  6. Team818

    Team818 Light Load Member

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    Stevens Transport, or another mega I would think. You will have go to out with the Trainer again. They will be ALL over your routing, backing, trip planning, situational awareness, probably 4 weeks, but if you can't back the trailer, or you go over the curbs with the trailer, you will do the whole 6 weeks training again, and then, here's the BIG one, micromanaged like you would NOT believe.

    Then in 3 to 6 months no mistakes. Switch to a company that doesn't call you 12 times a day.
     
  7. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    It helps a great deal to look at where you are going before you get there. And if you need to take an unplanned exit, don't drive around too much without stopping and looking at a map just to make sure you heading down some rabbit hole for which there is no easy escape.
     
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  8. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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  9. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    You had a DOT Recordable accident. Nothing about it can be considered an incident. There is some grey area when it comes to DOT recordable and the FMCSA SMS system. ( @brian991219 might be of assistance on this.) This is not a career killer, but it can limit your options for a time.

    I recently went through something like this helping a guy that yanked a GPS boner. He did several thousand worth of damage and had to be towed out. Step by step we went over his critical thinking as it lead up to the situation.

    I am not going to bust your balls on this. Hopefully, you see now just how quickly one bad mistake not corrected can start a cluster of bad decisions that WILL lead to an accident.

    That GPS is ONLY a tool. Sometimes I like to use aviation examples. Most pilots that burn kerosene also use weather radar. A fantastic tool that also has gotten many pilots killed over the years. Funny to hear that I bet! This is because weather radar has a serious weakness that can get a pilot in trouble FAST! I'm not going to spend the time typing what is in this PDF!

    Hand, your OK. pay attention in the future and stop using that GPS as your primary means to locate an address. If you keep doing that you will find yourself flipping burgers at Joe's Diner and Brothel soon!
     
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  10. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    It's sad to say this, but as far as we've come, if there was no damage, I would have called a wrecker , and paid for it myself. While I realize, wrecker bills can top $1000 bucks, it almost seems worth it compared to what this will do to their record. A new driver with an "incident" looks pretty bad.
     
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  11. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    No he didn't. From 390.5.
    Accident means—
    (iii) One or more motor vehicles incurring disabling damage as a result of the accident, requiring the motor vehicle(s) to be transported away from the scene by a tow truck or other motor vehicle.

    The truck was neither disabled nor removed from the scene.
     
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