Accident with a curb

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Mmitchell0171, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Mmitchell0171

    Mmitchell0171 Bobtail Member

    Jul 23, 2018
    So I just recently started trucking, about a month ago. So far I have been loving every minute of it. Then I screwed up today and am not sure what’s going to happen or what I’m going to do. I took a turn in a tight street to narrow and hit a high curb with the back tired of the trailer. The tire popped off the rim which caused the rim to bend in.

    I’m waiting for it to be repaired now and don’t know yet if I’m going to be fired from my job. If they choose to fire me am I totally screwed? Will this go on my record and stop me from being able to find another job? I’m just really bummed and scared about this right now. I feel like I just ruined my career and don’t know what to do from here.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Learn from it and watch those turns. You may not be fired, but the next time it happens you will.
    Tires and rims are very expensive, plus a road call, costs the company a lot of money.
    If you're fired, we'll help you find another job.
    Where is your location; state & nearest city.
  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    you can be fired, you can be can be horse whipped.

    you might have to sit thru safety class.

    they might make you go back out with a trainer

    you should NOT have to pay a dime, however...

    but YOU WILL BE DAC'd for either an accident OR incident, depending on the dollar value of this.

    any new job you get, you should jot that down on the application, as it WILL BE on your file.

    let us know, what happens next

    good luck
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  5. DAX_

    DAX_ Medium Load Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    The trailer was like that when you got it from the shipper
  6. Mmitchell0171

    Mmitchell0171 Bobtail Member

    Jul 23, 2018
    I’m in Roanoke Virginia. I know how expensive it can be. I feel really stupid about the whole deal. It shouldn’t have happened and I could have done better.
  7. Young_Gun

    Young_Gun Light Load Member

    Nov 21, 2011
    Tampa, Florida
    If you're with a "starter company", for example, Werner, US Xpress, Swift, Stevens Trans, USA Truck, or etc. Then you're fine.... To get fired from any one of those "starter companies" you would really need to break ALOT before they let you go. If bending a rim is the ONLY thing you do at that company, then they should buy you a steak dinner.

    Here is some advice I wish someone told me when I first started. ---- You are going to make mistakes, you are going to hit things, and there will be days where you can't hit the dock, even it's a straight back. Take a breathe, and realize that you're OK, and that as long as you learn from your mistakes, then you're doing the right thing.
  8. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

    Nov 14, 2017
    All companies have to have a file of oops on you for when they have no use for you anymore so they can let you go. Learn from it and do not do it again, with all the miles and conditions it is to be expected so relax, get it fixed and keep you eye out for your next company.
  9. Omega7777

    Omega7777 Medium Load Member

    May 21, 2018
    you shall be prosecuted ! and be on the company most wanted list. there is no escape now
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  10. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Don't be like me. Breaking whole curbs. IF you are going to break something, don't break the truck please.

  11. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    Run Forest, ruuuuuuuun!
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