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    Default Companies that will hire a driver with a rollover accident.

    It's been awhile since I last posted here, but here it goes.
    I was involved in a rollover accident in Utah, back in October.
    I drove with Swift(ha ha ha) and thought they were a good company up until they sacked me for the accident.
    I never intended to stay in trucking forever, but I didn't want it to end that way either.
    Needless to say, I've been going through a few, other big companies and I get the same response.
    "Can't hire you until you get an accident-free, year of driving."
    Same thing goes for Swift if I want to get back with them.
    Problem is, they tell me to find some "Mom and Pop" companies that might take a chance by letting me redeem myself.
    These companies tend to stay below even the most, primitive radar systems and seem to be hard to find.
    I also have a total of 14 months under my belt, and a trucking school bill from another company that has to be paid off.
    Please, somebody throw me a bone as far as "forgiving" companies go.

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    Default Re: Companies that will hire a driver with a rollover accide

    Quote Originally Posted by bentstrider
    It's been awhile since I last posted here, but here it goes.
    I was involved in a rollover accident in Utah, back in October.
    I drove with Swift(ha ha ha) and thought they were a good company up until they sacked me for the accident.
    I never intended to stay in trucking forever, but I didn't want it to end that way either.
    Needless to say, I've been going through a few, other big companies and I get the same response.
    "Can't hire you until you get an accident-free, year of driving."
    Same thing goes for Swift if I want to get back with them.
    Problem is, they tell me to find some "Mom and Pop" companies that might take a chance by letting me redeem myself.
    These companies tend to stay below even the most, primitive radar systems and seem to be hard to find.
    I also have a total of 14 months under my belt, and a trucking school bill from another company that has to be paid off.
    Please, somebody throw me a bone as far as "forgiving" companies go.
    Mom and Pop companies tend to be stricter than the mega carriers, people who give you that advice have never driven for one. the ones that do hire just anyone are usually outlaw companies that you should stay away from.
    with 14 months experience and a rollover already, you are going to have a real hard time finding a decent job. At the small company I work for, they couldnt hire you even if they wanted to. the insurance is strict, if you have a rollover or a right turn crash or a following too close ticket or wreck, they wont cover you.. period..

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    Thanx for the response.
    I'm obviously going to be getting alot of "no's" and whatnot.
    I shouldn't have tried to push myself too hard, now this is what I get.
    Some people are even saying it's time to find a different career path.
    I tell them, "basically, another 25 years ahead of trying out and fvcking up."
    Essentially, that means trying out too many different career choices, spending money on all sorts of training, and you learn only one thing.
    I DON'T LIKE ANY OF THESE CAREERS!!
    If that's the case, I better find something before I'm too old to earn any retirement.

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    If that's the case, I better find something before I'm too old to earn any retirement.
    For the most part people are responsible for their own retirement any more. The days of getting a pension for spending 20 years or more with one company are quickly coming to an end.

    What every working person should do is set up a IRA and put money away for the day they do retire. If you work for a company with a matching 401k use it too and then when you leave that company and your next one does not have a 401k then roll the money into your IRA.
    Finding the right trucking company is like finding the right person to marry. I really comes down to finding one whose BS you can put up with and who can put up wih yours.

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    Reading this post and seeing the situation that Strider is in, do not feel bad Strider, i am in the same boat. I have been told the same thing from every top name carrier out there.

    In my current situation, i could go back to being a janitor (scrubbing toliets), the problem i face is that all janitorial companies want a "high school education" and i have "beyond high school" with my cdl.

    I can simpathize with you Strider, start applying at any truck stop that has a mechnical shop where you can help out, work for a towing company, or you can work at a local company that operates dump trucks. Keep your chin up, Strider and keep looking for any sort of local work.

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    I'm also still in the process of getting into Calif. Dept of Corrections as a Correctional Officer.
    Only thing is the fact that this job takes too much, damned time to get into
    due to psych checks and other, trivial bull$h!t.
    I'm in excellent physical shape though, so I'm going to keep at this.
    As far as driving is concerned, I'll keep at the search lightly.

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    Bentstrider-Rock Hard Transportation, Fontana, California 10763 Poplar Ave. Fontana. 1-909-355-0050 Dirt Haulers, some freight. They are not picky, heck they love anyone that casts a shadow....BTW, your accident @Swift WILL screw you up on the background for CDC. Terminations are not looked upon kindly...Have family member employed@HR for them in Rancho Cucamonga, do NOT lie about it during background (not saying you would...). Former long-time Hesperia resident until I got smart, retired and got the hell out of the High Desert. BOL ! Oh and a psychological exam to work in a prison is not considered "trivial".....
    "What did BROWN do TO ME ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by feederfred
    Bentstrider-Rock Hard Transportation, Fontana, California 10763 Poplar Ave. Fontana. 1-909-355-0050 Dirt Haulers, some freight. They are not picky, heck they love anyone that casts a shadow....BTW, your accident @Swift WILL screw you up on the background for CDC. Terminations are not looked upon kindly...Have family member employed@HR for them in Rancho Cucamonga, do NOT lie about it during background (not saying you would...). Former long-time Hesperia resident until I got smart, retired and got the hell out of the High Desert. BOL ! Oh and a psychological exam to work in a prison is not considered "trivial".....
    Well, I'm not taking "no" for an answer.
    In the meantime, I'll keep pushing myself back into driving, into CDCR, and if I'm meant to be some, loser, egghead, then USC Engineering School.
    The last one being the ultimate, failed-at-life-it-sucks-now option.
    Only because in every movie, or book I've read, engineers always end up getting killed or beat to death.

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    Guess the only other reason I miss it now is because I could start working whenever I felt like it.
    Now I have regular schedules to deal with.
    No matter what career I find myself getting into, no matter how important
    or high-paying it is, it's never going to compare with driving a truck.
    I'm just not sure if I'll be able to find that type of extreme flexibility/autonomy in the other, sucky fields I've chosen as back-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentstrider
    Guess the only other reason I miss it now is because I could start working whenever I felt like it.
    Now I have regular schedules to deal with.
    No matter what career I find myself getting into, no matter how important
    or high-paying it is, it's never going to compare with driving a truck.
    I'm just not sure if I'll be able to find that type of extreme flexibility/autonomy in the other, sucky fields I've chosen as back-up.
    If you could manage to go to a company and actually talk face to face with the safety man, you may get somewhere. tell him you are willing to take a refresher course or a training period or something like that (only if you are)
    I think that's the best chance you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredog
    If you could manage to go to a company and actually talk face to face with the safety man, you may get somewhere. tell him you are willing to take a refresher course or a training period or something like that (only if you are)
    I think that's the best chance you have.
    Thanx, I might go ahead and try that one.
    As I said, if I could get a chance to prove myself for one more year, then get back to Swift and finish another year with them, accident-free, I'll be able to move on with my life and put this all behind me.

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    I spoke with the HR guys @Swift Headquarters about my accident.
    I was told that I could keep applying every six months within the next two years.
    Essentially, they were saying that even if I can't find any other driving experience within two years, they say that should be long enough after the rollover to reconsider me for rehire.
    I'll only go back with Swift/"trucking in general" if I find my pessimistic attitude towards other careers is true.

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    SMX outta Fort Dodge, IA.

    http://www.smxc.com


    When I was in orientation, met a guy who said he was at maverick before where he had a roll over.
    superior carrier truck 2215


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    I'm not sure, but you may try Arrow out of Tulsa, Ok.

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    Thanks for the additional suggestions.
    Swift treated me fairly well.
    My original intention was to drive OTR with them for awhile, then switch over to a part-time format while taking some college courses for a degree.
    As much as I complained about college, I'm just trying to open up other doors.
    In the meantime, I feel that I must drive the truck again to erase the thought of a "failed mission" from my mind.
    Not to mention it could more than assist me in finally getting that $3600+ school-fee for CRST's training, "out-of-sight, out-of-mind".
    If these two still say no, I'll go ahead and keep Swift in the crosshairs for the next 6mo-2years.
    I say if I haven't gotten in CDCR by then and I'm at least still going to college and completing courses, I'll do what I have to get back with them and erase the accident from my mind.
    At least in 1-2 years of waiting, I could get the most-difficult college courses(Algebra, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry) out of the way, and then finish easy stuff(English, History, Humanities) while enjoying myself and keeping safe on the road.
    I'll just think of this anew, as the "Frat Party w/a constant case of roadtrip".

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    Default Re: Companies that will hire a driver with a rollover accide

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredog
    Quote Originally Posted by bentstrider
    It's been awhile since I last posted here, but here it goes.
    I was involved in a rollover accident in Utah, back in October.
    I drove with Swift(ha ha ha) and thought they were a good company up until they sacked me for the accident.
    I never intended to stay in trucking forever, but I didn't want it to end that way either.
    Needless to say, I've been going through a few, other big companies and I get the same response.
    "Can't hire you until you get an accident-free, year of driving."
    Same thing goes for Swift if I want to get back with them.
    Problem is, they tell me to find some "Mom and Pop" companies that might take a chance by letting me redeem myself.
    These companies tend to stay below even the most, primitive radar systems and seem to be hard to find.
    I also have a total of 14 months under my belt, and a trucking school bill from another company that has to be paid off.
    Please, somebody throw me a bone as far as "forgiving" companies go.
    Mom and Pop companies tend to be stricter than the mega carriers, people who give you that advice have never driven for one. the ones that do hire just anyone are usually outlaw companies that you should stay away from.
    with 14 months experience and a rollover already, you are going to have a real hard time finding a decent job. At the small company I work for, they couldnt hire you even if they wanted to. the insurance is strict, if you have a rollover or a right turn crash or a following too close ticket or wreck, they wont cover you.. period..
    I must RESPECTFULLY disagree with Fredog here. I guess I DO work for one of these smaller companies (and SOME might even call them outlaw. I don't KNOW if I would say that, though.)

    They gave me a chance when many others would NOT. I have been with them a few years, and they have even overlooked "another" little mishap of mine. I ALSO know that they have retained drivers who've had "at fault" accidents. (no personal injury.)

    They hired ME right out of CDL mill ( I mean school. ) So, with 14 months under your belt, you would have had an even BETTER chance than me (without the accident.)

    Yes, they are somewhat under the radar, but CDL schools KNOW about them. Ask some of the schools in your area.... even if you didn't ATTEND there. Check the local paper for ads and CALL them. You can ALSO get a list of EVERY company within your state off the internet. Just do a little googling.

    If you have a CDL, you CAN find a company to hire you, and get that one year accident free on your record...... and INTO your mind!

    I HAVE some comments about your Psychological outlook on all this, but I'll save it for a following post. I don't know WHY, (yes I do,) but your situation intrigues me, and I'm gonna GIVE you the advice you seek. You may not LIKE everything I've got to say..... but it is meant well.

    I don't know if you are even still reading this thread, or ON this forum. But, I'm home all week, so YOU win the prize! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by "golfhobo
    I must RESPECTFULLY disagree with Fredog here. I guess I DO work for one of these smaller companies (and SOME might even call them outlaw. I don't KNOW if I would say that, though.)

    They gave me a chance when many others would NOT. I have been with them a few years, and they have even overlooked "another" little mishap of mine. I ALSO know that they have retained drivers who've had "at fault" accidents. (no personal injury.)

    They hired ME right out of CDL mill ( I mean school. ) So, with 14 months under your belt, you would have had an even BETTER chance than me (without the accident.)

    Yes, they are somewhat under the radar, but CDL schools KNOW about them. Ask some of the schools in your area.... even if you didn't ATTEND there. Check the local paper for ads and CALL them. You can ALSO get a list of EVERY company within your state off the internet. Just do a little googling.

    If you have a CDL, you CAN find a company to hire you, and get that one year accident free on your record...... and INTO your mind!

    I HAVE some comments about your Psychological outlook on all this, but I'll save it for a following post. I don't know WHY, (yes I do,) but your situation intrigues me, and I'm gonna GIVE you the advice you seek. You may not LIKE everything I've got to say..... but it is meant well.

    I don't know if you are even still reading this thread, or ON this forum. But, I'm home all week, so YOU win the prize! :lol:

    Hobo
    Hey, I'm still looking and still working.
    The results aren't promising, but I'm going to keep plugging away until I drop dead.
    That's how determined I am to get back into it.
    As far as going back to school goes, not quite sure on that one.
    I took a few college courses, passed them and became stressed out from that.
    I was told by a counselor back in high school to just finish up high school and don't even try college.
    Seeing how angry I was with schoolwork back then, college will probably just turn me into someone no one will really like.
    I'll essentially become one of those office workers that doesn't really socialize.
    That's okay, no Heimlich for them when they choke.
    Another thing to consider is the fact that I'm not a loner, but I don't socialize with people in the same work-field I'm in.
    And that's why I've come to respect trucking as a career.
    I'll talk to people and never get used to them, because I won't be seeing that same face everyday.
    Unlike an office.

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    Default Rolloevers and Termination

    Termination is standard for rollover accidents. Other than mechanical, a rollover is always caused by speed and not having the vehicle under control.

    Keep digging, someone will hire you.

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    Default Re: Rolloevers and Termination

    Quote Originally Posted by mbadriver
    Termination is standard for rollover accidents. Other than mechanical, a rollover is always caused by speed and not having the vehicle under control.

    Keep digging, someone will hire you.
    I talked to a few companies, England and CRST(Ugh) were willing to give me a shot after a year went by.
    Swift told me to keep trying every six months for the next two years, after the accident.
    I'll post app's with some of the temp-to-hire agencies around here as well.
    The whole entire motivation for this is that I want to pay of my $3600, school-bill, plus a few other bills, before finally saying "the journey's over".
    It's kind of kind of hard to concentrate with so much debt under my belt, at the age I'm at right now.
    I honestly do want to get back into school, but I personally see "federal student aid" as a bit, "socialist".
    So, I'd much rather work and say, "I paid my own way."

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    I'va also decided to get a doubles/triples endorsement tacked onto my license.
    Perhaps I'll have better luck hauling rocks.
    Only reason I'm still plugging away with trying to get back into trucking is the work environment.
    I can handle the public, I just never got along well with coworkers.

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