Truck Problems and the Consequences of Collisions

According to the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT), Americans have driven more than 3 Trillion miles in the last year alone. These numbers are huge and are perhaps not shocking to anyone who has driven on American highways in the past twelve months. The sheer number of vehicles on the road makes it easy to comprehend just why there are so many accidents on the road that ultimately result in serious injuries or even death.

When you factor in the large number of trucks and 18-wheelers on U.S. roadways, the picture becomes even more convoluted. Transporting goods by truck is still a major method of delivery for so many U.S. and international industries, and it is unlikely to change anytime soon. For drivers who have ever shared a highway with the massive trucks that make up a part of our nation’s shipping and transport infrastructure, we know all-too-well the dangers that these massive vehicles pose to consumer health and safety.

The sheer size and weight of semi-trucks alone make them dangerous vehicles on our nation’s roads and highways. Considering the heavy load they are often hauling, the weight of the vehicles can reach massive amounts of tons, which can cause devastating damage to a light car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian in the event of a collision. If a truck is improperly balanced or overloaded, the risk of a serious accident increases significantly, so we depend on trucking companies and truck drivers to follow all safety precautions to make sure that they keep themselves and others safe on while driving.

Unfortunately, accidents do occur, and a frequent cause of serious accidents is truck malfunctions or defects. A few common causes of trucking defects include:

  • Malfunctioning air brakes – It is important for truckers to inspect their air-brakes for any possible issues PRE-TRIP, to make sure they do not fail at the wrong time.
  • Fan Clutch – Replace fan clutches before they wear out. A faulty or worn out fan clutch can cause the truck to overheat, which often tends to strike at the worst possible time. Make sure to have the fan clutch inspected regularly and replaced when necessary to avoid issues.
  • Ball Joints – Only a trusted and reliable mechanic should be allowed to replace your truck’s ball joints, which hold the wheels of the truck in place so that they do not fall off. In the event of a faulty ball-joint, the 18-wheeler’s tire alone can cause serious damage and even an unexpected death on the roadway.
  • Radiator malfunction – Much like any vehicle on the road, the radiator is essential to proper function while driving. Make sure to inspect your radiator regularly to make sure it is functioning properly and know the limits before your engine will overheat.

By properly maintaining your truck, businesses and truckers alike can protect themselves and their cargo while on the road. What’s more, they may be able to prevent serious injury accidents which can lead to civil actions including personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death lawsuits that often result when a trucking company fails to properly maintain their vehicles.

Why Charter a Yacht for Your Special Celebration

Whether you are planning for your company’s party celebration, a birthday party, a great way to celebrate a graduation, an anniversary, a bachelor or a bachelorette party, or any other special event, there is definitely no better way to impress your guests than with a luxurious floating venue.

Any type of special event is simply more memorable when held on a luxury yacht, whether you own this yacht or have one chartered. This is because yachts offer all guests a truly unique experience; besides the chance to enjoy a fine dining experience, guests also get to appreciate spectacular ever-changing sceneries.

Though for those who charter a yacht choose the evening cruise, any time of the day, even a late night cruise is perfect. What makes an evening cruise more special, however, is a firework display – for the additional delight of everyone.

When you charter a yacht, you don’t even have to worry about the catering service and how everything will turn out. Besides having its own caterers, chosen based on their customer service, creativity, variety and flexibility, most yachts also have an on-board event coordinator who will happily assist you with all the details of your event.

Entertainment will not be a concern for you too. Most private yacht charters, like the Chicago yacht parties on Anita Dee Yacht Charters, for instance, has hand-selected the finest in Chicago entertainment companies to provide you with outstanding service the help make your Chicago boat charter the perfect event. It is also fully equipped with state of the art sound systems, offering music throughout the entire vessel.

When it comes to your photography or videography needs, you can entrust to your chartered yacht to capture all the special moments on board.

The only thing you will need to do is probably make sure that the yacht you charter for your special event complies with the guidelines of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division on boating safely just to make sure that you and all your guests really get to enjoy your celebration.

 

How Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen

Whenever a car and a pedestrian get involved in an accident, it is almost always the pedestrian that gets the short end of the stick. This is obviously because of the lack of protections. Car drivers have airbags, seatbelts, and the entire vehicles as shields. But pedestrians don’t have anything, not even a helmet.
According to the website www.habush.com, pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents may have legal options, which is good news. But preventing accidents is still the better option even if you can get monetary compensation from the responsible party. To effectively prevent pedestrian accidents, you should know first how they typically occur.

Crossing on unmarked crosswalks

Crosswalks exist so that pedestrians can cross roads safely. They typically appear on intersections, and some pedestrians don’t have the patience to walk up to the intersection just to cross the street, so they cross the street anyway even on spots that do not have crosswalks.
Pedestrians are not supposed to cross there, so drivers do not expect them, and therefore don’t have the proper reaction time to avoid collisions if the pedestrians decided to cross.

Crossing behind obstructions

Remember that there are drivers on the road, and they need to see you so they can react properly. If you try to cross the street while being covered by an obstruction that will make the drivers fail to see you, like a parked car, you will more likely take the drivers by surprise, which may result into a pedestrian accident.

Not looking left and right

Crossing is really one of the most dangerous things a pedestrian can do, but it is necessary for mobility. Even if you cross the street in a crosswalk and have the green light, you will never know when a negligent or reckless driver will show up, so you may still end up getting hit by a car. Even if you have right of way, make sure to look left, right, and left again before crossing.

Wearing dark clothing

As you can conclude from the other entries, visibility is an important factor in pedestrian safety. One of the things that can compromise that is dark clothing, especially if you are in poorly-lit areas, because you can blend into the dark so well that drivers will not be able to see you properly, until you are already in their direct front and they will not be able to react fast enough to avoid an accident.
As much as possible, wear easily visible colors, but if it is not preventable, at least avoid crossing dark areas even if you have right of way.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ridesharing

Ridesharing has become a significant part of a commuter’s life. Its arrival has given commuters an additional option, creating more competition and better services from other modes of transportation, especially taxis and buses.

The sudden rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft has advantages and disadvantages to passengers. But it seems that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, seeing how ridesharing services continue to be more and more popular.

Advantages
The best thing about ridesharing services is the fact that they can easily be accessed through the commuter’s mobile phone. They can get a ride while they are still in their bathrooms and just wait for their drivers to arrive in front of their homes. That is surely more convenient than waiting for a bus at a bus station or hailing for a cab at the corner of the street.

Ridesharing also passes the burden of driving. Commuters can leave their homes without bringing their own vehicles, so they will feel more relaxed and have more energy when they get to their destination, because they didn’t have to drive and plow through busy streets. This can also be very advantageous to drunk individuals, as they will not be forced to drive or take public transport while under the influence.

Disadvantages
The accessibility of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft also translates to more passengers willing to use their services. This is particularly problematic on certain conditions, like in after-concerts where a huge number of commuters will try to get a ride at once or in rainy premises where people are stuck and want to get a more convenient mode of transport. The competition associated with these conditions will make it harder to get a ride, or worse, increase the service fee.

The worst disadvantage of ridesharing is insurance. Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies do have insurance policies, but they can be tricky. Also, according to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, many insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize the amount they are going to pay when an accident and injury has occurred.

Chemotherapy and Taxotere

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment, especially breast cancer, wherein a drug or a combination of drugs are used to kill or destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs may be given intravenously, through a shot or it may be taken orally.

Though there are times when chemotherapy is the only cancer treatment used, there are also instances when it is used along with radiation therapy or surgery. But while radiation therapy or surgery kill cancer cells only in a certain area, chemotherapy works throughout the whole body, killing or slowing the growth, especially, of cancer cells that have metastasized or spread to parts beyond the breast/s. If chemotherapy is done before a radiation therapy or surgery (for the purpose of shrinking a tumor), it is called “neoadjuvant therapy,” while a chemotherapy treatment given after surgery, (for the purpose of killing remaining cancer cells), is called “adjuvant therapy.”

Besides shrinking tumors and killing remaining cancer cells, other goals of chemo treatment include; curing the cancer; keeping the cancer from spreading; slowing the cancer’s growth; destroying cancer cells that may have metastasized or spread to other parts of the body; and, relieving symptoms caused by cancer.

Some very common chemotherapy drugs that are said to be helping women (with advanced-stage breast cancer) live longer are Taxol ( Paclitaxel), Abraxan (Nab-paclitaxel) and Taxotere (Docetaxel). These three chemo drugs, like many others, are said to work effectively; however, attention has been focused on one lately, namely, Taxotere, due to its damaging side-effect which is permanent alopecia or permanent hair loss.

Taxotere is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for breast cancer treatment as well as for the treatment of a variety of other types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Because chemotherapy also affects healthy cells (not just the rapidly growing cancer cells) , like the cells that line the stomach and the cells in hair follicles, its most common side-effects, therefore, include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of hair (hair loss, though, is temporary and can be expected to grow back within six months after chemo treatment has stopped).

In treatments where Taxotere is used, though, women complained either of permanent alopecia (permanent hair loss) or alopecia universalis, which is total loss of hair on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, under arms and around the genital area.

Affected women have revealed that permanent hair loss and, more so, total loss of hair, have profoundly impacted their quality of life. With this is their disappointment with the makers of Taxotere for having kept from them this drug’s damaging side-effect.

Permanent hair loss after breast cancer treatment has negatively affected the personal, professional and sexual relationships of many women in the U.S. Good for breast cancer patient outside of the U.S. because they were warned of the side-effects of Taxotere as early as 2005. In the U.S., however, this warning was made only in 2015 upon the order of the FDA, after tens of thousands had already been treated with Taxotere.