trying to find a job after accident

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by lazriel1988, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I'll chime in here and say that I suffered a rollover back in October of 2007.
    Found work about 8-9 months later pulling containers for a small outfit from July '08 to December '08.
    Wasn't exactly the best gig, but the six months of experience I got from there and three years passing since the rollover was enough to get my driving career reignited with Western Express.
    I'm still driving right now with a pretty decent company, but also treat every trip in the truck like it's my first.

    That said, just get whatever trucking work you could land for now and run with it.
    Keep the nose clean and check back with the major carriers after about 3-4 years.
     
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  3. chaz7r

    chaz7r Light Load Member

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    Man a lot of guys love these kind of posts.
    They get to dish out lectures. Tell you that you will never get another driving job or you don't deserve to drive a truck because you had an accident. You will never see a lot of these guys ever make a post about a screw up they had. Probably because they are perfect and never made a mistake to post about
     
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  4. Dinomite

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    Maybe those guys who give the lecture's speak from experience. And are giving the cold hard facts about how tuff it is to find a job after one, and how if you do get a gig. It's usually from the bottom of the barrel outfits who pay you dog crap, expects you to run 20 hour days everyday. Pays you when and if they feel like it. Steals from you on a regular basis, and dares you to say something.

    So my friend if you want to be careless and yes nobody's perfect. You might want to know what type of road you are paving for your future. It may help in your decision making. This industry is shady enough when u have a good driving record. Let it have a couple of hick ups on it, and watch the wolves start licking their lips.

    Also some accidents like rollovers. You are really pushing the envelope in the personal safety department. And yes there are those wind/weather related rollovers. But the majority are ignoring speed limits on curves and 2 fast for conditions in bad weather. So no I'm not preaching perfection. I'm preaching use good judgement. As you see it just takes 1 mistake and employers will pass on your app in a heart beat.
     
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  5. Voyager1968

    Voyager1968 Road Train Member

    Sadly, the kind of job the OP has right now may be all he can get for awhile. This was pounded into our heads 17 years ago when I went to truck driving school. Keep your record clean and the skies the limit. Get in accidents, have too many citations, get called in on all the time by other motorists, and you are going to end up working for companies who run bad equipment, treat their drivers like crap, run them around the clock, have little work, etc.

    My advice to the OP is to stay where you are right now. Don't quit. Run when you have work. Put in applications EVERYWHERE while you are doing this. It may take some time, but when that new company calls to consider bringing you on (and one eventually will) you will have been driving and rebuilding your safety record.

    Try to focus on the end goal, and not where you are "right now". It's going to be tough, but you can do it.
     
  6. Dinomite

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    It's not as easy as it was a few years ago to work for these outlaw companies. Today getting hit for falsifying logs, and crapy equipment violations is a dang near permanent fixture on your CSA record or psp. With all the roadside inspections they do in Texas. You will be caught riding dirty a time or two. So now you have to wait for that crap to get off your record. Truly it's a no win situation. Better to just find another line of work. Before something worse happens.
     
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  7. mosrock

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    Don't know if it was tld before you live in Texas lot of fracing get on with an fracing company or oilfield company
     
  8. Flybynight041

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    Meanwhile companies are crying over driver shortages.....
     
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  9. crzyjarmans

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    With less than a year experience, and a roll over accident, this will be hard to get a driving job, I wont say it's impossible, but it will be next to it, Glad your still here to ask this question, hopefully this has taught you a great lesson, these CMV's are not race cars, and don't have the turning ratio they have, Something I don't understand?, You said that he makes you drive 20 hours a day, and the pay is little? If this is true? I would refuse to drive like that, It's dangerous, and you could end up in another wreck that would be the wrong direction your trying to head, My opinion? quite this guy, Before he gets you in more trouble, find a dock job that you may in time be able to transfer to a driving job for them, Best of luck
     
  10. crzyjarmans

    crzyjarmans Road Train Member

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    Well! if you consider my reply as to be lecturing? well maybe it is, But 9 months and he rolled a truck, it will be difficult to find a descent company that will hire him, I don't know his age, But, I see a lot of young drivers out here driving these trucks like their in a small sports car, I started driving back in 87', Would you like to know how many trucks I have rolled over? A big fat goose egg, none, zero, zilch, never, Sorry I wont coddle someone that has these accidents, Hopefully he learned to slow down, this isn't a race to see who can finish first, Guy's like this generally finish last, pushing daisy's up
     
  11. T_Woodie

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    Forgive my ignorance, but what is an "uber driver"?
     
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