Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan

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  1. jeepman

    jeepman Truckload Mercenary

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    They have schedules to meet just like everyone else....They get their dispatch's for the WHOLE week right at the start...again..a driver needs how to schedule their time and get enough rest to be safe.
     
  2. Stan Smith

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    Agree but there should be mercy n grace.
     
  3. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with you Stan,because customers don't store inventories anymore they are demanding fast service.
    However just because routes are set up on computer models, there are to many variables when driving.
    Such as detours,weather & any number of other negative issues that can occur.

    So companies like Walmart have to push their drivers like they do,must be to keep their customers coming to their stores to buy their stuff.

    If they could just conceder the ratio of money spent on safety,to what a crash costs,maybe they would be easier on their drivers.

    I know from being a city driver for as long as I was,that companies harp on safety,yet seem to forget about most of it,to make their dock times.
    I'm clueless to what the answer is?
    However their computers are machines,they really need to take in account their employees are human.
     
  4. Stan Smith

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    I don't have an answer either. I just see the problem most of us face. The general response is kicking the problem down line until its just the driver standing there holding the bag.
     
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  6. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Well-Known Member

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    This part IMO, suggests he wasn't necessarily doing 20 over the speed limit. If the accident happened a half mile into the 45mph zone, and the data is 60 seconds (1minute) before the crash, that puts him doing 65 in the 55mph zone..just saying. Which, in NJ, was probably slower than everybody else
     
  7. Extreme4x4

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    I will not comment on the accident, since we do not have all of the facts.

    Walmart does not push you. Unless you are on an assigned route, you do not get your work for the week. You will have a trip sheet which may be for a few stores, or for a store, a vendor pick-up, then delivery to a DC close or out of state. If you are unable to do anything on the sheet, by the time needed, you just tell them, and they will take it off of you. They do not give you any hassle in any way, about doing this. You are the Captain of your own ship. If you need to take a nap because you are tired, you just do it. You will not get any hassle for it.

    I have never worked for a company that puts less stress on the driver than here. Short of if you have an issue, and picking up your trip sheet, you do not have to talk to anyone if you don't want to.

    You will have an Associate Contact every 6 months where they will show you what you have done, and what your metrics are. It is very interesting. If there is an issue with your production, they would talk to you about it at that time, unless a gross problem. Of course, I wouldn't know what they do if you do have a problem, since I have not had one. It is very easy to achieve their goals for you.
     
  8. Stan Smith

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    Interesting. I'm only going off of my experiences with them when they pull up to one of their docks. It's drop what your doing and pull out asap. One time I was just about done and in there middle of unloading n I was trying to wrap it up quick as possible. 5-10 minutes.

    The driver asked me to move I said I'm all but done n have to bar up. He was flipping out on the receiver then got manager back there. I was done as he was arriving n i was like see ya.

    I was told around that time that they catch heat if things take too long. Idk

    I do know the Giant drivers are being timed but am not familiar with how it works. I just know that I've had them pull up as I was walking in and ask me if I can do it quickly. I'd say yeah and they'd say I got here 15 minutes early. .. you got 15.
     
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  9. Extreme4x4

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    A guy that is rude like that, is probably one of those $120K a year guys. They are always in a hurry. It isn't Walmart that is pushing them, but themselves. It is way too easy to make good money here, that you don't have to be one of "those" guys.

    I will never be one, I know that. LOL

    Walmart is all about safety. Slow and careful. Don't speed, take you time and do it right. Always check the trailer you are picking up. Always check your truck out. That doesn't stop the guys that push to make all they can. I see them too.

    Very rarely have I had a tight gate time, and have never been late. They give you a lot of time, most of the time (unless something prevents it). They will NEVER bug you to get something done, and they never push you to do more, because again, it is about safety.

    The reality being, working here is like no other trucking job I have ever done. As an outside carrier, you have no idea as the rules are completely different for us. Of course, with the way some of the outside carriers run through the DC's, I can see why the rules are different. Unfortunately, it is the bad eggs that get everyone punished. The vast majority of WM drivers will be more than happy to talk to you and answer questions honestly. We have no reason to hide anything, as there really isn't anything to hide. We do have some of the grumpy old timers who long for the way things used to be. The problem is, they have forgotten from where they came. I have only been here for almost 2 years, so where I came from is VERY fresh in my mind. LOL
     
  10. Stan Smith

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    That's good to hear and it's nice to see drivers taken care of these days too.
     
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  11. Dockworker

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    pro1driver I am LAST

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    there was never any doubt in my mind....

    i can only guess the final payouts to all the victims.
     
  13. autocar65

    autocar65 Local 767

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    Having been employed by 4 CDL mills I can agree. But most of these mills are going to pay an instructor about 5 to 6 bills a week. With a 10 hour day this is going to attract drivers who are part of the fringe of the Trucking Industry. Good instructors are a rarity. Good instructors that will work for less than half of what they can make on the road are going to have other motivations for that kind of monetary sacrifice. This is a screwed up industry that's not really interested in safety, you can't legislate common sense. I am up tonight because my Pit Bull didn't get enough time with me before I went to bed. So here I am up while he is asleep on the floor.

    If this wasn't Tracy Morgan it might not be this big a story but the 24 hours without sleep was early. It was nearly an automatic response. Tailgating is one of the biggest issues with Truckers today. Every day I drive to work I have to endure some throttle jockey on my tail and this is in a little Kia. So how do you weed the bad ones out? You make age and neck size an issue while allowing the youthful wannabees to slip through. Next time you go to work, count how many energy drinks litter the parking lot. Monsters don't replace sleep. Now there is a long list of wake up medicine that we used to get from our dispatchers back in the day but they have made those illegal.

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't get him to tell you the next winning lottery numbers. Good night Y'all. Life will continue without entertainers quicker than it will without truck drivers. But the next time you get on someones ass, think about what kind of a situation you are putting yourself into. That might be a rock star driving the beat up Ford pickup 2 feet in front of your front bumper.
     
  14. autocar65

    autocar65 Local 767

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    I get Landline and I know the article you mentioned. I even brought it in for the company to see that they are forcing expensive medical procedures on drivers that have no symptoms of sleep apnea.

    But they are just a little too willing to go along with the Doc on this one. They really have no idea what the law is and they aren't gonna sit down and consider it.

    Let me know what they say. Our local is just about as misinformed on this. I might have to go another round with them on this.
     
  15. medic92

    medic92 The world is my oyster...I don't like oysters.

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  17. Dockworker

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    Epic post, must repost and repost to all my other forums and Craigslist and take credit for writing it myself.

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    Please do!

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