Transport America Info???

Discussion in 'Transport America' started by tmellen58, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. JGygli

    JGygli Light Load Member

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    You can fiind fault with every company, my F/L had gotten an earfull a couple of times from me. I'm not looking for a needle in a hay stack, I make the best of it.
     
  2. CA_Medicine_Woman

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    I'm no longer with TA. On March 12, 2001, the left front brake canister on my rig developed a leak, and I was sent to a mechanic to have it checked out. That mechanic said repairs were necessary, because the canister would likely suffer catastrophic failure within 24-72 hours. Repair cost was estimated at $250, for a new canister and the one hour to replace. Road Service refused to authorize repairs on what they considered a "trade truck," and told me I would just have to make do until I could get to a terminal. The following morning, the canister blew apart while I was NB on the NJ TPK in Newark. Most of my injuries healed okay, except for my left leg (torn nerves do not heal, especially when left untreated for a couple of years). I am now confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life, and forced to deal with the worst pain I've ever experienced every single day (no cure, and not even morphine works).

    In the process of dealing with the injuries, I was told I was never eligible for the short term disability I applied for, my health coverage was immediately converted to COBRA (which I got priced out of 3 months later), and the Workman's Compensation insurance carrier refused to authorize anything (hence the two years my leg injury went untreated, no one knew what was wrong because I couldn't get an MRI at the time). After 12 weeks on unpaid medical leave, I was fired. A week after that, TA reported to DAC and others that I had quit without warning or notice after less than 4 months employment, as if crippling me for life wasn't enough to end my driving career. I can never work in any aspect of trucking due to this, even if I were someday able to return to the workforce, and the trucking industry isn't the only industry that uses HireRight (aka DAC). HireRight has thus far ignored every written request to at least put my side of what happened into the record.

    Sorry I couldn't put the specifics about what happened with Transport America on here sooner, according to my attorney they were monitoring my online activities on certain sites (including this one). All I could do was recommend that others get whatever insurance they feel they need from 3rd parties not associated with TA, as well as carry tools and be prepared to purchase parts out of pocket to repair TA's equipment when not in a terminal, the limit as to what my attorney would allow until everything settled, the docs had been paid, and the settlement checks cleared.

    I would like to think my case is somewhat rare, but given the reasoning behind what happened to me, and the subsequent behavior by the carrier and their representatives, I sort of doubt that.

    To those cubicle dwellers in Eagan, make sure to let your bosses know I now have nothing but time to make it my mission in life that this doesn't happen to anyone else, starting with the bizarre differences between how carriers are rated when compared to how drivers are (which allows carriers to get away with crippling and killing people to protect profits, while drivers can have their careers ended by a stupid seat belt ticket).
     
  3. 123456

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    We'll take that as a bad review, ..........
     
  4. JGygli

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    There always seems to be one or two of them...
     
  5. CA_Medicine_Woman

    CA_Medicine_Woman Light Load Member

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    Wow, really? Which "over half" of what I wrote was a lie, and what proof do you have of that?

    Here's what I have:

    My daily logs (I was on paper logs, TA was too cheap to put electronic logs in my "trade truck")
    My DVIR's
    Witness statements to everything that went on, from the refusal to make repairs to being placed on medical leave to my being fired 12 weeks later
    Original estimate on what the repairs would have cost had they been made, with the words "repairs refused by carrier" on it
    Copies of receipts for the eventual repairs
    Copy of the form approving my being placed on medical leave
    Denial of my short term disability benefits, the policy having been cancelled prior to my seeing a doctor without my knowledge or permission
    A letter from Anthem, stating my health coverage was cancelled the day before I was finally allowed to see a doctor
    Denials for treatment (many) by TA's insurance carrier (began a few days after I was placed on medical leave), which made the leg injury far worse than would have happened otherwise
    Witnesses to my being placed on medical leave, and my being fired 12 weeks later, with both promising me my job would be waiting for me once I was able to return to work without any restrictions
    Reams of medical reports, including an EMG, and actual images from the MRI I paid for from the settlement
    Tons of legal records, which began after I realized I was being screwed (after Anthem told me my coverage had been cancelled, and when)
    The brace on my left leg
    The customized wheelchair I am now confined to for life
    The wheelchair accessible apartment I now live in
    The disabled placard on my car
    The DAC report where TA claims I quit without warning or explanation on April 6, 2011 (the day I saw the doctor, apparently that constitutes quitting), filed July 7, 2011

    Of course, I have the ultimate witnesses, the several cameras I installed in my rig, with all the video, audio, and stills nicely stored on an external 3TB hard drive sitting in one of the boxes of paperwork. Oops, bet your handlers forgot about that part, didn't they? I'll bet the mechanics in Janesville haven't forgotten, given how much they worried I might be recording what they were doing (like writing out one of the handwritten threats, which they then place on my dash, after disabling the tractor protection circuit and ability to idle for more than 3 minutes, rather than replacing the 2 bad batteries).

    So, which part of all this, which the judge and lawyers thought was legitimate, are you now claiming is "more than half" lies, and what proof of that do you have? Knowing you have no proof of any claims you just made, I could care less if you are just some troll trying to stir things up, or a paid cubicle weenie out of Janesville thinking more libel is the way to go. So far as I'm concerned, your first introduction to me is as a liar, which means you will never have any credibility with me, nor anyone who knows me. Best to pick another target for your lies.
     
  6. JGygli

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    think people already know that you are a discruntel former driver.
     
  7. CA_Medicine_Woman

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    If I had to guess, the previous driver did report it. Even if he or she had not, the mechanics look over each rig when there is a switch in drivers (except for the lifestyle fleets, which are slip-seat), so if there was a previously unreported problem, they would know, and should have fixed it (anything likely to cause an imminent breakdown is an OOS fail). You are correct about something else, that there are no consequences for failing to report problems with equipment (which is the case at a lot of companies), likely because most of the time it's hard to prove. I've had a driver (at another company) get into a rig after I got out, go hit a large tree with it, and then tried to blame me for the damage. Fortunately, the front end being smashed and clearly undriveable made what really happened pretty obvious, lol.

    And, believe it or not, TA is better on maintenance than about 53% of the other companies, which isn't saying much the way carrier SMS is scored (very different from drivers). If your truck is nearing or past the 500k mark, however, beware. They won't fix anything outside a terminal (and then rarely) unless the truck simply can't be moved without a tow (happened to me, I assume it happens to others).

    Good luck, and swerve carefully! :)
     
  8. CA_Medicine_Woman

    CA_Medicine_Woman Light Load Member

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    It's disgruntled, not "discruntel." Aside from being some rookie wannabe liar, now you pretend to be omniscient, a psychic, and able to speak to what others think (as usual, with no specifics or proof)? One has to wonder why you chose a career in trucking, with skills obviously more valuable in politics or on Wall Street, or even in casinos?

    Silly troll, go try your games out on someone else, you're now blocked (though my attorney said this morning she'll be monitoring your activities, for any future libel action against TCAM).
     
  9. Trucker Smith

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    i was only on paper logs for 28 days then went E-logs. And its against company rules to have cameras in your truck so that probably why they fired you.
     
  10. machoboricua100

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    i got 7 month experience, and my team mate 3 years, how much they pay for teams, good miles 5,000 or over ? we both have TX endorcement..

    i am from Miami FL, and my team mate from west palm beach , i saw an add on craiglist looking for drivers, solo/teams

    http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/trp/3906862761.html
     
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