Probably A Dumb Question...But

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Maria Joseph, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Maria Joseph

    Maria Joseph Bobtail Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    I was parked in a travel plaza earlier and my vehicle was slightly damaged by a new Swift driver, who has less than 1 year of semi driving experience. He had missed the truck entrance and was trying to turn around and...oops. The van isn't badly damaged, doesn't have any mechanical damage and so on. I'm not really happy about the damage even though my vehicle's an older one but I know that the Swift driver was new and felt bad enough about it. I actually feel worse for the Swift driver since he was really shaken up over the incident.

    I saw it happen, and naturally the Swift driver did. Another (obviously more experienced) semi driver saw it and walked over, and got out of his truck to guide the Swift driver out of the 4-wheeler parking area. Nobody else saw it happen or if they did, weren't bothered enough to call the police or come over and ask about it.

    The incident wasn't reported to anyone, and I don't plan on reporting it to my insurance. My question is: Would this driver get into a lot of trouble for his mishap had I insisted on filing an accident report?
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  3. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    hastings, Fl
    Probably would.Could depend on his record. He would have more problems if he neglected to tell the company, and you filed a report. I have done the same thing you did, and have had others do the same for me when I nicked them. Circumstances dictate procedure.
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  4. road runner 9630

    road runner 9630 Light Load Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    Yup. Depends on if its his first or not. But..... As a driver all accidents are supposed to be reported period. If trailer shows any paint or scratch and the next driver to pull it reports the damage to the company, the guy who hit you will be getting questioned.
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  5. chalupa

    chalupa Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    He will be fired for failing to report an accident if his qualcomm matches your report and location.

    Typical mega knee jerk, from the files.....

  6. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    i don't think i'd even bother reporting it. if i worked for the company and had to pull a trailer that was damaged.

    i'm sure it's not hte only trailer the company owns that is damaged.
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  7. garage goat

    garage goat Bobtail Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    If the damage is really minimal then I would say, Screw it and go on. The other driver will probably say he cought a pole backing up. He sounds like he was real scared and needed a break.
  8. DealBreaker

    DealBreaker Light Load Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    You would as well. After not filing one then filing one .
    Its troublesome to say the least and chicken #### at best .
    You let him or her go then its on you ..
    take responsibility you are either going to report it right then and there or not .
    two weeks later ohh some dude hit it,, wont cut it ..
    There is no grey area ..
    Your company policy will most likely have its own wording .
    Tiny scratch is one thing a hole in your trailer or cab is another .
    be safe
  9. Maria Joseph

    Maria Joseph Bobtail Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Thanks for all of the replies. I'm not going to bother reporting it to my insurance company since the car is 10+ years old and I can probably find the part I need in a scrap yard anyhow. From what I understood speaking with the Swift driver, it sounded like this was the first time he had done anything like this so no reason for me to get him in trouble over it. He didn't have any damage to the semi since when a semi goes up against a car, the semi wins 100% of the time :)

    Hopefully this new driver doesn't have anymore mishaps like this. I appreciate everyone's input.
  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I certainly respect you for your decision.
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  11. ddieseldan

    ddieseldan Bobtail Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    I had two accidents with swift
    1) swift cut off four wheeler in front of me causing a accident on I80 in Nv. swift didn't yield on farm ramp onto interstate, he ran, tried to stop him, he kept going, filed with police he was lucky there was no damage
    2) I was backed in too by a swift truck driver never reported accident
    they are self insured even with police reports they did't pay. I posted backed into accident video on utube
    go after them and good luck:biggrin_2552:
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