New truck driver hit utility pole

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Atlas922, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Atlas922

    Atlas922 Bobtail Member

    Aug 9, 2020
    Hey truckers, I'm a new driver about 3 months experience and I hit a wooden utility pole in a town Pennsylvania, the reciever was located in a residential area and cars were parked on both sides of the street while there's no parking signs on both sides, as I was making a right turn I was more focused on the cars I forgot the utility pole and I ended up hitting it with the trailer tandems and broke in half, i called 911 but the residents moved their cars before I could take any pictures and police arrived and cited me for careless driving! I got an attorney to fight it but I'm still a bit shaken about it since it's my first accident in the truck, I just want to know if can continue my career as trucker or I should just quit cause nobody will hire me again. Experienced trucker what do you think?

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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Looks to me more the side of the trailer hit, then dragged down the side to the tandems before blowing the tire.

    How fast was you making this RH turn with cars all around..?

    Some second chance company might, tell them you hit a light pole and got that ticket

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  4. Atlas922

    Atlas922 Bobtail Member

    Aug 9, 2020
    I was turning about 10mph I didn't want to hit the cars that were parked yo my left with the tail of the trailer and it was at 4 am so it was so dark, It was a big miscalculation on my part
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  5. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Medium Load Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    In that situation, my opinion is you were going about 9mph too fast. did not GOAL!!!! Lesson learned. Good luck!
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  6. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    When you hit that far up you aren't paying attention. Cars or no cars, when you make a turn with a pole on your right you go very slow and make sure you have it cleared. Doesn't take but a second or two to check your mirror. To hit like that you were way out of position. That wasn't even close.
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  7. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Highway 20
    Did you try locking in the differential to complete your turn, or your truck doesn't have that on it? Did you also damage those large boulders next to the poles?
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  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
    You got the attorney to fight what? You did that. That lawyer simply took your money. That trailer looks like Stevens Transport you work for. You say you took that turn at 10 mph.....way too fast. What did Stevens say? Your career is not over but that definitely was careless driving. You're better off to pay that ticket and do better than that.
  9. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You made a mistake, things happen. Now you understand that you need to take things slow, pay attention to everything always. Double and triple check, if in doubt get out and look. There are companies that will hire you. @Chinatown can advise you best. There are people here that are gonna give you a hard time about it. But they themselves have forgotten that they were rookie once and made mistakes. Don't let it beat you up you'll get past it. Good luck!
  10. 88228822

    88228822 Medium Load Member

    Sep 26, 2018
    If it ain't safe don't do it. If you aren't sure about the area you are about to drive into hit the flashers, pull the brakes, and scout it out on foot. If it's too sketchy get out of there and formulate plan b.
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