Is This The End On The Line?

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Qyntel S.'s Comment
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I got my driver's license with CRST so yes I'm under contract. I have 8 months of OTR experience. 1 month I drove by myself due to my codriver removing himself off the truck because of medical issues. In April of this year I tipped my tractor & trailer over coming out of a detour headed back on the highway. No one was seriously injured besides myself a few stitches in my forearm. The load was damaged, the tractor & trailer had to be towed. CRST sent me home on workmens comp, I completed my therapy session for my arm. Recently I was fired for cause they said because I've been home for over a month. & apparently I'm still under contract because I was fired for cause. CRST said I could reapply & go back but I didn't enjoy driving in teams! My question is (where do I go from here) everyone's turning me away. Yes I wanna stay in trucking but where can i apply, can someone help?

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Honestly, CRST really is your only option. You have 2 big things preventing you from going anywhere else.

First is the contract you signed. CRST has sued many carriers in the past for hiring a driver that didn't fulfill their obligation to CRST. A member here, Jrod, is a recruiter and has posted the warning letter they receive if his company requests info about you that's required by law. There's no getting out of the contract. Either drive for them for the set amount of time or pay it out.

The second thing that's made you black balled is the roll over. Roll overs are extremely serious and 99.999999% preventable. Most carriers won't hire somebody with a roll over especially being so recent. If CRST is giving you an opportunity to come back take advantage of it! At the bare minimum finish the obligation you have to them and then look elsewhere. You need to get more time in the seat since your roll over before anybody will even consider bringing you on. CRST also has other companies in there umbrella you may be able to switch over to as a solo driver.

How did the roll over happen? Turning too fast? Not watching mirrors? Icy roads?

Qyntel S.'s Comment
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Turning to fast... Driving in teams was a horrible experience for me but if that's my only option I guess I'll have to reconsider.

Honestly, CRST really is your only option. You have 2 big things preventing you from going anywhere else.

First is the contract you signed. CRST has sued many carriers in the past for hiring a driver that didn't fulfill their obligation to CRST. A member here, Jrod, is a recruiter and has posted the warning letter they receive if his company requests info about you that's required by law. There's no getting out of the contract. Either drive for them for the set amount of time or pay it out.

The second thing that's made you black balled is the roll over. Roll overs are extremely serious and 99.999999% preventable. Most carriers won't hire somebody with a roll over especially being so recent. If CRST is giving you an opportunity to come back take advantage of it! At the bare minimum finish the obligation you have to them and then look elsewhere. You need to get more time in the seat since your roll over before anybody will even consider bringing you on. CRST also has other companies in there umbrella you may be able to switch over to as a solo driver.

How did the roll over happen? Turning too fast? Not watching mirrors? Icy roads?

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Q yep ur best bet finish 10 months at the very least

I am on 8th month of it and really times flown by. I did transfer to Gardners May 1st.

But seeing how dysfunctional and behind the times, they are here, I might just switch back to teams lol @ least its more miles than have seen here in 4 weeks !!

Just suck it up n move forward Dont know if your 8 months exp is with crst or not.....BUT if it is you only need 2 more months to fulfill your contract

Don's Comment
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CRST fired you, but then told you that you could reapply? I am confused about that. Did they mean someday in the not so near future, or now?

Scratch2win's Comment
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Steve come over to pegasus. No complaints here other than my co driver takes more home time than I think is necessary. If you can do 6 months out at a time. Your welcome on my truck. I'm making bank.

Q yep ur best bet finish 10 months at the very least

I am on 8th month of it and really times flown by. I did transfer to Gardners May 1st.

But seeing how dysfunctional and behind the times, they are here, I might just switch back to teams lol @ least its more miles than have seen here in 4 weeks !!

Just suck it up n move forward Dont know if your 8 months exp is with crst or not.....BUT if it is you only need 2 more months to fulfill your contract

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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He was probably given a date to return to work. When he went on short term disability. if he didnt return On that date he was terminated. Usually at that point you would collect unemployment until you can return.

My wife was in a similiar situation when she was ordered on bedrest during her pregnancy.

CRST fired you, but then told you that you could reapply? I am confused about that. Did they mean someday in the not so near future, or now?

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Though its unclear if his tip over had an effect also. I just sharing my wife’s experaince

Stevo Reno's Comment
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People quit CRST every day lol they are offered to come right back. My 1st co-driver quit for more $$ they offered him more $$ etc to return

Scratch lol 6 months? yikes 6 weeks ok hahaha I got a (reference) card months ago from a couple with Pegasus, we ran into at a Love's

Well, I'm not a quitter right away, I will give em a bit more time and see, but it IS all bout $$$ this week best so far.... on 3rd run....Went to Hayward Ca ( pffft ) then further above the bay area to bring back haul load to Coke DC in Rancho Cuc, then got 3rd from Chino back to Az hard balancing my 11-14 clocks without running em out. Rather be OUT of Cali traffic n 55 mph.....

Close to getting speeding ticket whewwww radar was off he wasn't in mood to ticket me, said he got me at 67 NOT possible, but I profusely thanked him for cutting me a HUGE break !! guess I was in a Safety Corridor= double fine, very expensive he said !! yikes! Just my luck too ! traffic ahead screamin along, I went up to 65 (maxed) for all of 3 miles trying make up time and he flips around to get me

This load don't deliver to Krogers til Friday at 12 am, will google em n get phone # see if I can get in earlier (Company dont tend to give us customer numbers hahahaha,,,,,Google is my bestie)

Qyntel S.'s Comment
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That probably played a big part in my release... They won't give me a clear answer but they said no on my rehire... So I'll just have to wait & see.. Maybe in a few months thatwill change.. & the weather condition was dry!

Though its unclear if his tip over had an effect also. I just sharing my wife’s experaince

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