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Christian I.'s Comment
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Hi, I have about 5 months experience otr I recently started with jb hunt under a local chicken feed contract everything was going good I enjoyed it then I rolled I was driving down a narrow dirt road to a farm in the dark and there was a sharp curve I saw it and I was travelling about 10mph and took as much of the road I could still ended up getting my trailer in the drop off causing me to roll. There were no injuries and only damage to the truck I recieved no tickets but I got terminated. That brings me here I have searched and searched applied to everything no one will take me cause my roll over and termination I've tried western express. And all the big carriers and small ones in my area. I'm in the arkansas area. I just need advice I'm loosing my mind and I'm scared I want to work and I want to drive so badly this is my first accident in my life

OTR:

Over The Road

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Banks's Comment
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You're in a tough spot. Less than a year experience and a roll over.

How did you get your CDL? How many companies have you worked for? I ask because you have less than a year experience, but JB hunt usually requires 3 months experience. Where are you located? That also plays a factor.

The only advice we can give is be honest and apply everywhere. Have you tried dutch maid, CR England or Trans Am?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Hey Christian, you already know you have a big problem. A rollover is often the end of a trucking career.

All you can do is keep throwing out applications. We have seen drivers recover from a rollover, but it is rare. Don't give up hope yet. Keep on trying. I think you have to approach it differently at this point. I wouldn't count on any of the large well known companies to hire you. Look at construction companies or dirt and asphalt contractors. I remember a friend in here who had a DUI and couldn't get a trucking company interested in him. I suggested he try construction companies and that is where he got his first driving job. After a few years of him proving to be safe and productive, he got on with a major carrier who overlooked his DUI because he had proven to be a steady employee as a driver for the construction company. That is going to be my best advice to you at this time.

Don't give up hope, just change your tactics and find some sort of alternative driving job to get yourself established again.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christian I.'s Comment
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You're in a tough spot. Less than a year experience and a roll over.

How did you get your CDL? How many companies have you worked for? I ask because you have less than a year experience, but JB hunt usually requires 3 months experience. Where are you located? That also plays a factor.

The only advice we can give is be honest and apply everywhere. Have you tried dutch maid, CR England or Trans Am?

Worked for pam transport at first and got my cdl with them

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Banks's Comment
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See, we know our stuff here.

Did you leave Pam on good terms? Would they be willing to take you back? Have you tried contacting them? Did you pay them back for your schooling? If not, that can also hurt you.

I agree with Old School. Jump on indeed and Craigslist and start hitting apply over and over. That's really your only option at this point.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Thank you, Christian for sharing your experience. I’m sorry this happened.

This is a good lesson about pickups and deliveries after dark. Darkness is dangerous. If Christian had made his delivery in daylight, the rollover may not have happened, I can’t say for sure. I’ve gotten in a few pickles because it was dark. Nothing serious but nevertheless time consuming. My general policy is not to get into backing situations after dark. Sometimes this requires me to take my 10 earlier than I want to, but I’d rather wait until daylight than to take a chance. At 69, my night vision is not as good as it was. Beware of the dark.

Christian I.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the advice I actually found a otr job and got accepted by transam they called me back and said they will give me a shot

OTR:

Over The Road

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the advice I actually found a otr job and got accepted by transam they called me back and said they will give me a shot

Great news! Good luck going forward.

OTR:

Over The Road

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.

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