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Old 01-21-2009, 04:15 PM
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Default Considered an accident when applying?

Due to being layed off on my local gig I am starting to apply to OTR companies since I am unable to find one local. My question is while OTR I had an incident and trying to figure out if it is an accident and wether or not I need to list it on the application.

I was driving to the drop yard and my trailer corner brought down a telephone line and a pickup behind me swerved to avoid the line and dented the front of his bumper. Police were called and got my information and let me go after I told my company all the information they wanted.

A year later, I havent heard anything, I dont know if it was considered an accident my fault or not, like hitting a deer.

I live in Maine, and checked my MVR from Maine and it doesnt list anything about that incident, completley clean. Now I just started thinking well crap, what if it wouldn't show up because it happened in North Carolina. Am I safe or do I have to pay 30.00 (rediculous amnt of $ imo) for the NC Driving Record or what else can I do?

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Edit: Also anyone know how to get my free DAC report? Heard you can get one free if you are unemployed.

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Old 01-21-2009, 04:24 PM
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1. Contact DAC at 1-800-381-0645 and request a free copy of your employment file just to see if anything and what is listed there.

2. I would list it on your applications anyway, regardless if it shows up anywhere. Most applications want to know about all accidents and/or safety related incidents regardless of whose fault it was. Unless you were on a road that was specified as NO Trucks I would list it as being non-preventable. I would say something like: "Clipped low hanging telephone wire with trailer" on the application and then if asked about it during an interview you can explain the entire story.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:30 PM
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1. Contact DAC at 1-800-381-0645 and request a free copy of your employment file just to see if anything and what is listed there.

2. I would list it on your applications anyway, regardless if it shows up anywhere. Most applications want to know about all accidents and/or safety related incidents regardless of whose fault it was. Unless you were on a road that was specified as NO Trucks I would list it as being non-preventable. I would say something like: "Clipped low hanging telephone wire with trailer" on the application and then if asked about it during an interview you can explain the entire story.

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Old 01-22-2009, 01:23 AM
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What road were you on, on your way to the drop yard?

I have not seen it in writing, but I do know another driver that caught a telephone wire with the trailer on a state highway. No ticket was given, and the phone company, or the state had to pay for the damage because of a law that requires clearances to be at least 13' 6".

No, I am not clear on all the details, and it happened in KY. I was told it was a federal law, so you might check into that too. But, it depends on what road you were on at the time.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:53 AM
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Get a copy of your DAC/USIS file ,and report only what shows on that report when filling out applications ...only a fool would list things on an application to a future employer that don't exist on record with USIS .
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:26 PM
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It would not be on DAC as you report only accidents not incidents.(as per your explanation)
If the application asks about any accidents/incidents and the prospective employer gets back a fax/phone report and it's listed what do you think they would do?
Most cases a false/omit on an application is no hire.(what else are you not telling)
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:42 PM
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It would not be on DAC as you report only accidents not incidents.(as per your explanation)
If the application asks about any accidents/incidents and the prospective employer gets back a fax/phone report and it's listed what do you think they would do?
Most cases a false/omit on an application is no hire.(what else are you not telling)

Smoking crack is bad !...And an accident is an incident the only differences being were they DOT/NON DOT and were they preventable or not ...if it's a non DOT/non prevetable it's doubtfull it's on your USIS...this would be non dot ,but depending on the company it may be on your record as preventable ,but like I said get a current USIS report and there will be no question what's on your record ,and what need be reported to future employers
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:21 PM
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DOT reportable=injury and/or towing
DOT non reportable = no injury and/or towing
Either one can be reported as preventable or not
Incident can be reported as an accident,usually if it involves damage to the vehicle(damage to another vehicle is always an accident)
Damage to other property is usually termed an incident.
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DOT reportable=injury and/or towing
DOT non reportable = no injury and/or towing
Either one can be reported as preventable or not
Incident can be reported as an accident,usually if it involves damage to the vehicle(damage to another vehicle is always an accident)
Damage to other property is usually termed an incident.

An incident is any occurance that takes place while on duty that involves company equipment in an accident such as hitting a yellow pole...fender,mirror, person , rolling the truck ,and so on. The only differences is the severity of the accident and who's at fault ...Have you ever seen a dac/usis file ? trust me accident/incident = the same thing ...now some accidents may involve tickets which now may involve you MVR , but this is still an incident .
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