I Was Fired Now What??

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah that's a pretty crumby tactic to hold you to a contract that they will not allow you to fulfill when you tried in good faith. Smacks of indentured servitude.

I also completely disagree with this. CRST did indeed uphold their end of the bargain - they trained him, he got his CDL , and they gave him a job afterward. That's exactly what you're paying them back for - the training.

We have a great listing of Truck Driving Jobs and you can even Apply For Truck Driving Jobs With One Application. That's a great place to get started. Just apply everywhere you possibly can and see if someone will give you a shot. I'm certain that someone out there will. It may be a small mom-n-pop company but who cares? Just make the most of any opportunity you can get at this point.

Also, have a look at Craigslist. You'll find a lot of owner operators and mom-n-pop companies advertising jobs there.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Logan T.'s Comment
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Hold do we even know what kind of accidents he has been in? What if there was nothing he could have done? Unless they were backing accidents. I've been in 2 accidents in the past 2 1/2-3 months and the only way I could have avoided them was to not be on the highway all together. The first one was rush hour coming out of Austin, Tx and I got hit on the side of my tandems by a lady staring at her phone not relaxing traffic was slowing down and going to fast and instead of rear ending the car in front of her she swerves and drills my tandems. Second accident was this past Monday coming out of Kansas City, Ks a little before rush hour. It was raining roads were wet. 4 lanes of traffic I'm in the 2nd right lane the guy that hit me was in the hammer lane. Traffic slowed he wasn't paying attention he locked his brakes, fish tailed, over corrected, slid across 2 lanes and into my steps bounced off the went under the trailer up to his windshield and slammed into my tandems and got spit out. Both accidents everyone was ok and walked away. What I'm saying is before we condemn him and we all think it was something he did unless I forgot how to read and missed it. Let's let him tell us about his accidents.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Logan, when a person makes a statement like this:

Yes I am the fool for taking things so lightly because I was involved in 3 accidents all within a short period.

We can only assume he was at fault, plus I can't see him getting fired for having non preventable accidents that weren't his fault. We only have what he wanted to share with us to go on. I sometimes wonder if people really read these things, or just read what they think we are saying. This person asked for some advice and we all tried to make it clear that he needs to be diligent about applying, and he was even provided a link where he can apply at lots of places with only one application. We explained to him that he is now in a tough position, and that is exactly the truth. No one condemned him, and as far as I can tell each person tried to encourage him to keep trying to get hired somewhere else.

Logan T.'s Comment
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Old school like I said I must have forgot how to read for a second and went stupid and missed that part my bad. Just misse

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