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Causes of Lethal Truck Accidents

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 3 comments

Recent studies have shown that between car and truck drivers, car drivers are most like the ones who have caused the accident and are most likely to die after the collision. According to recent studies from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, within the analyzed 10,000 fatal car-truck accidents that occurred, ninety-eight percent of the accidents resulted to fatalities that happened inside the car. Seventy-five percent of these accidents were caused by car drivers, while the remaining twenty-five percent were caused by truck drivers.

Based on the findings from the AAA report, these lethal truck accidents are due to five major driving and road violations: speeding, not yielding to the right of way, driver inattention, disregarding signs and signals, and failing to stay in your lane. These leading actions have accounted to sixty-five percent of dangerous driving actions that driver commit.

Many car drivers seem to be driving around these trucks the same way they do around smaller vehicles and these wrong estimation and confidence is what results to car-truck collisions. However, lack of proper driving education of commercial “big-rig” truck drivers are what the AAA studies believe to a big factor in these accidents. Truck drivers seem to drive dangerously – believing they are in the right way even if they are not. Because of their bigger size, many motorists believe truck drivers need to be more cautious, watching out for other, smaller vehicles while driving on the roads. Based on an article from the Abel Law Firm, vehicular accidents occur in American roads every eight seconds – this means everyone will be involved in a car accident at least once in their lifetime.

As time passes, road and safe driving education may become more and more important as the number of motorists have increased, making the highways all the more crowded. Just as with smaller vehicles, AAA informs drivers of the trucks blind spots, braking, and many other factors that can limit big-rig trucks ability to maneuver.

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Print vs. Digital Reading

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

A recent article on discusses the pros and cons of reading paper books vs. reading digitally converted novels. Interestingly, research tends to be yielding results that are steadily moving in favor of digital reading.

In the 80’s, most research found that those who read on paper withheld the knowledge better. However, ever since then, the results have gotten increasingly less consistent, according to the article. This may be because more people are slowly becoming accustomed to digital readers.

Attitudes toward the way we use technology may have more to do with our digital reading ability than we realize. Since most schools still don’t allow technology in classrooms, people 10 years old and up will probably learn to associate paper books with learning. They’ll be more likely to take reading with books seriously, since that’s how they were required to learn growing up. Digital reading, for most people, is still more closely associated with social networking, texting, or mindlessly surfing the web.

However, one physical advantage books have over Kindles, tablets, laptops and smartphones is that the glare doesn’t hurt readers’ eyes. As the article cites, many people experience several medical side effects from spending too long staring at a screen.

Once we find a way to jump the hurdle of eye damage and digital reading becomes more wide-spread, reading on a tablet will be just as effective as using a book. This will help the spread of information, allowing people to have store hundreds of books on one device. Students will no longer have to tote around heavy books—they can simply shove a kindle in their bag or a smartphone in their pocket.

When society begins to accept digital readers, they will become more useful.

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Dangers in the Workplace

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Mesothelioma, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Working with asbestos in the workplace can put any worker, as well as their families, in significant health risks. Asbestos is actually a group of minerals mined and used in various products from vehicle brakes to building materials. What makes asbestos popular and widely-used is its characteristics such as being fire, heat, and corrosion-resistant. It is an ideal ingredient in products that require good insulation and fireproofing.

According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), about 1.3 million people in the United States are exposed to asbestos every day in their workplace. Because it has been used for many years now, the health dangers of have become obvious. Long exposure to asbestos can put workers in big chances of developing lung-related health complications. Among the serious effects of asbestos exposure are lung cancer, mesothelioma (a form of cancer that affects the lining of the chest and abdomen), asbestosis, and other gastrointestinal cancers. Many of these illnesses are incredibly dangerous, and often fatal. Survivors often live with the consequences of them their whole lives.

It is part of OSHA to ensure that workers who are directly or indirectly come in contact with asbestos in the workplace are properly informed, trained, and protected. Each worker is required to have medical examinations especially if they have worked with asbestos for more than 30 years. Those who have developed health complications brought about by working with asbestos without proper training and protections can acquire workers’ compensation for all the troubles they have suffered. Regardless of what industry you are working with, as long as asbestos will be part of your exposure, each company and worker are entitled to be given on-the-job protections.

Although worker’s compensation can help in easing the financial burdens that come from working with asbestos, if you think your company has not provided proper safety and protection to you and you have developed health complications, then you can file a lawsuit against your company. OSHA is required to monitor and regulate the exposure of workers to asbestos. This would legally signify that your employer has the responsibility of providing safety and protection against possible asbestos-related complications.

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Consequences of Drug Possession

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Bankruptcy, Drug Laws | 0 comments

Drug possession is one of the many rampant offenses that seem to take over the news lately. Being convicted of drug possession can bring about a jail sentence and/or fines. People caught possessing illegal or monitored drugs can also be given community service are quite often a probationary period, although generally the penalties can differ depending on the type of drugs and the amount that the person was caught with. Marijuana possession can have a different charge and penalties than being caught with cocaine possession or antidepressants.

Being charged (and convicted) of drug possession can have lasting effects on you, making it hard to travel overseas and could make employment very difficult to land. Most employers now tend to look into their applicant’s possible felonies and misdemeanours when hiring future employees. Generally employers prefer applicants with little to no criminal records, therefore having a drug possession charge can put you at a disadvantage. There is also the possibility of being fired by employers upon knowledge of your drug possession charge. This is in light of employers considering the possibilities of the drug charges affecting the business.

Serious drug possession charges can put you in jail for a significant amount of time. This would mean no income for you and your family. Aside from the social stigma of a drug possession charge, what people don’t know is that is can be a cause for a bankruptcy suit. Any type of legal charges can take a toll on your finances, especially if it would require hiring a lawyer to defend your case. Whether you are a first-time offender or has past convictions, depending of the severity of the offense, you will be required to be present at a substance abuse program that would be anywhere between a couple of months to several years.

Aside from the financial burdens of having drug possessions charge (you have to pay your lawyer for your defense), other possible penalties would be expulsion from school. This would be especially applicable if caught on campus or has the intention of selling or distributing the drugs inside the school grounds.

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How to Care for Dyed Hair

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Hair Care | 2 comments

Caring for your color-treated hair can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time to have your hair dyed. Although most hair dyes today are made with less damaging chemicals, there is still a certain amount of damage that the hair will go through when dyeing your hair. To avoid further hair damage and have long-lasting hair color, here are some tips I found from one of the best hair salons in Houston that you can try:

  1. It feels good to have clean hair, but it can have a big effect on your recently dyed hair. Don’t wash your hair at least two days after coloring. Choose mild shampoo when washing your hair as harsh ones can strip away the color. Studies have proven that water (not even shampoos or conditioner) is the main enemy as it drains the color molecules away at every wash.
  2. Avoid drying your hair. Make sure you use conditioner after every shampoo, and choose specifically-made conditioners for color-treated hair. Make sure to mask your hair on a weekly basis, and put protection when going out. Leave-on conditioner or anti-heat damage should be applied to prevent hair from drying.
  3. To make hair shine, avoid using too much hot tools (blow dry, hair irons, etc.) to stop it from getting dryer and stripping away proteins. Air-drying your hair would be a better option than using blow dryer. Apply gloss serums or shine spray which could bounce back light, making hair appear shinier. If you want professional help, you can have your hair glazed.  Professionally-glazed hair can last for four weeks.

Careful and constant hair care will give you a big payoff. Properly caring for your dyed hair not only makes you look different, but it can boost your assets even more, therefore make sure to do everything you can to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

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