09-14-2012, 05:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Somewhere between Shipping & Receiving
Re: Jack knife accident
Sorry to hear about your roll-over incident. Are you OK? I can only imagine what an ordeal like that must feel like.
Originally Posted by eclardy
Was just in a jack knife accident last night. I have been driving for this company for over 2 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened. I was not speeding and was not ticketed at all. Trailer was not damaged and the truck needs some repairs but was not totaled. I have spoken to our safety director and she says she doesn't think there is a reason to worry about my job. My question is if I really should be worried about my job? Advice anyone?
You mentioned that you weren't speeding and didn't receive a citation, but no other description or explanation as to what led up to the end result. Assuming everything was goin' along fine and all of a sudden something unforeseen and out of your control occurred, --- and not knowing your company's and/or their insurance carrier's policy concerning roll-overs, --- again assuming there isn't an automatic termination for a roll-over regardless of who was at fault, my advice is to not worry, but I'm aware that's easier said than done. Worrying won't help the situation and could lead to additional stress that you don't need.
However, I think you need to be concerned. Roll-overs rate pretty high on the things to avoid doin' list. With some companies a roll-over is cause for immediate dismissal. Some companies take conditions and circumstances into consideration. If you haven't already inquired as to the company's policy that's where you need to start. It's possible that you have nothing to worry about. If the news is not so good, all your worrying won't change a thing.
If you've managed to keep your CDL-A clean, no citations or minor incidents on record and your DAC appears un-dinged, that may sway a decision from not so good to much better. Any citations for speeding, reckless driving, tailgating, etc. could cause those making decisions to think you're a liability, --- a crash lookin' for a place to happen, whereas a clean record would probably indicate the opposite.
I'm sure you'll be informed about what course of action is decided on within a day or two after the decision makers do what they do. I wouldn't hesitate to give your safety director a call to air your concerns. The sooner you know your fate with the company the sooner you can stop worrying and shift your concern to the future and put this unfortunate incident behind you.
Call it a hunch, but I'm thinkin' that you're not real anxious to roll another one. If I were the safety honcho doin' the revue, and your record was such that it didn't indicate you're a hot-headed Big truck truck driver, I'd tend to think your experience will have taught you how badly you don't wanna do that again, and you'd be extra cautious to avoid a repeat.
If anyone unfamiliar with what it's like asks, "how bad can it be"? --- your answer could provide incentive for them --- and others --- to remember and adjust their driving accordingly to avoid first hand knowledge.
I hope everything works out in your favor, and I hope you'll keep us informed and inform others of what to expect post roll-over.
ThanX for posting, and welcome to Layover.
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Last edited by aftershock; 09-14-2012 at 05:23 PM.