Truck Mechanical Failure Accidents Raise Safety Concerns



Eighteen-wheelers are very large and dangerous vehicles, and they have the potential to cause shocking lethal auto accidents. Something as simple as a tire blowout can cause a truck driver to lose control and collide with other vehicles.

Objects or cargo from these large trucks can also come loose if not properly secured, and cause damage the truck driver may not even be aware of. When trucks get involved in an accident or experience mechanical failure, other people can suffer devastating consequences. You should learn more about these incidents so you’ll know how to protect yourself or get help if they occur.

Recent fatal truck accident in California

One of the most recent fatal semi accidents that made news headlines occurred in Los Angeles. A veteran LAPD officer with 10 years’ experience was driving with his rookie partner when their cruiser collided with a semi on a residential street.

The truck driver and rookie officer survived the crash with injuries, but the veteran officer did not. The cause of the accident was reported as mechanical failure on the part of the 18-wheeler, though police did not specify what kind of failure occurred.

What is known is that the police cruiser was crushed beyond repair, and the deceased officer’s partner was lucky to walk away with her life. This kind of accident is not uncommon; in fact, large truck accidents and malfunctions are one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the US.

Drive with caution

While you can’t control the vehicles around you, or how other drivers behave on the road, you can drive carefully to minimize incidents. Here are some safety tips for driving around semi trucks:

  • Stay visible

  • Give the space

  • Be extra careful in bad weather

  • Drive completely off the road when you pull over

Semis are very large, and have much larger blind spots and more difficulty braking than a car does. By maintaining a safe distance and always staying visible to the driver of a semi, you’ll keep yourself farther out of harm’s way.

If you need to pass a big truck, do it quickly and safely. Don’t linger alongside the truck, where the driver will have difficulty seeing you. Also, driving more carefully in bad weather is always a good practice, but especially near an 18-wheeler.

These tips can help you avoid incidents with these trucks as much as possible.

Seek legal assistance

One of the best ways to protect yourself when you have been involved in an accident involving a semi truck is to seek the help of an attorney. A majority of tractor-trailer accidents are the fault of the commercial driver, and that means you are probably entitled to compensation for the damage caused to your property, as well as any resulting medical bills.

Insurance companies can be difficult to work with, because they tend to offer you as little claim money as possible to maintain their profits. You may need to take the insurer to court to get fair payment, and maneuvering through the legal system can be difficult if you’re not experienced in these matters.

Hiring an attorney will ensure that you are properly represented in court, and raise your odds of obtaining fair compensation.

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What Your Kids Are Really Learning in College

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College is a great place where students learn how to make it in the real world. They’re educated on their desired field of work and study, and they learn valuable lessons.

At least they’d better learn valuable lessons, for all the money you pay the university every semester!

What college is teaching your students is a question you might ask when you receive yet another text from your 20-year-old using the word “your/you’re” incorrectly. Maybe you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that college is not teaching exactly what you thought.

1. College teaches good eating habits

Actually, college doesn’t teach good eating habits. It teaches an eating lesson: You can’t eat whatever you want.

College students might think French fries, pizza, and beer are all they need to survive, but once they realize their clothes don’t fit anymore, they’ll understand that eating whatever you want is probably not the greatest idea.

2. Going to class does matter

Your kids will learn quickly that showing up and actually paying attention to lectures does matter. Even if mom and dad aren’t there to force them into going to class each morning, the drop in grades will teach them that they have to show up.

Getting notes from other students isn’t always a good idea; especially if your friends have the same idea as you about skipping class for an extra-long nap.

3. You have to stay motivated

Being in college means you’re no longer beneath the microscopic lens of your parents and teachers. Your professors don’t actually care whether you show up or not. They’re going about their life teaching the students who actually do care to learn something.

Your kids are learning quickly in college that they have to motivate themselves to be mature and responsible. It’s probably one of the best lessons they’ll learn, especially when they enter the real world and have to make a living of their own … unless they plan on hitting it big in the stock market, in which case they can retire after graduation.

It might not be exactly what you’re paying for each semester, but some of the lessons college teaches your kids aren’t so bad. They’re actually pretty useful. Besides, there are calculators and Google searches for most things your kids need to know.

The lessons they learn in college can’t be taught on the Internet or through a textbook. There’s no need to fear that they’re not taking anything away from their college experience.

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4 Ways to Be Classy on Campus


So you’re in college now, huh? Ready to be all grown up and professional yet? We hope not. Enjoy your time in college, and discover who you want to be!

But with that at the back of your mind, it’s helpful to have a few go-to tactics that you can practice for being classy and looking sophisticated, so you’re ready to make it a habit in the real world. And that real world, well, it’s coming sooner than you expect. So have some fun with playing at being classy now, while you still can!

Here’s four ways to be classy on campus.

1. Help

We’re not asking for help here; we’re asking you to help someone else. Specifically, think of ways to help people in ways that are chivalrous and classy. Some folks might argue that the code of chivalry is dying, or even long dead, but you can set an example that it’s not, and you can bet your fellow students will notice.

Who knows, maybe you’ll end up helping out someone who becomes your special someone, as a result. What are some examples of classy chivalry? Here are a few:

— Open a door for someone.

— Open a door for someone you’re not attracted to. More people will notice this one, and it’ll feel better.

— Always have an umbrella, and always offer it to someone else when it rains. You’ll get wet, but you’ll have a friend forever.

— Thank people with a firm handshake and a smile. This seems basic, yet too many people do neither.

2. Dress well, sometimes

You don’t have to dress up every day, but do it every once in a while. Especially on days when nobody else does. You’ll look real classy by contrast.

3. Volunteer to be a designated driver

Nothing says classy like being in control of yourself for an entire night, which is something not every college student can manage. When you give friends a ride home at 2 a.m., you’re earning great karma credits with them, and you’re looking (and being) classy.

4. When you’re not the driver, drink in a classy way

Whether it’s a fancy grown-up drink like a dirty martini, or a stainless steel bottle opener that’s quite a bit nicer than everyone else’s cheap keychain implement, there are all kinds of ways to be classy while you drink. Assuming you’re of legal age, of course!

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3 Traits of a Successful Online Trader

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Trading is serious business. It can be difficult to know when to make the next move. Being a successful trader takes much experience and dedication. Just as with any beloved profession or avocation, trading requires a certain mindset — a certain type of skill.

There are three winning traits of a successful online trader, so study these carefully.

1. Always learning

To be a successful online trader, the key is to educate yourself. When you come to the point where you realize there is always something more to learn, then you are becoming a successful trader.

There are always new tactics and data, and tips to learn from others — and lessons from your failures, as well. Your ability to learn is also dependent on how much perseverance you can maintain. Having a mentor is one of the best ways to learn hands-on trading skills and develop a strategy for your passion of online trading.

2. A safety net

One very important trait of a successful online trader is having a back-up plan or risk management strategy. In case of losses, you have to know what to do.

Having a risk management plan doesn’t always involve knowing what to do after a loss; it also entails putting limits on trading where you see weaknesses in yourself. For instance, maintaining self-control, self-discipline, and being able to clear your mind, are ways of setting the stage for success.

Having the right attitude about online trading will prevent failures, thus preserving your position as an investor.

3. Natural instincts

To some extent, in order to become a successful online trader, it takes the right instincts. Whether we are born with the ability to trade effectively or we have studied the market for years, our instincts are an essential factor in our success.

Many traders know exactly when to buy and when to sell as if they can feel the future of the market. With experience or natural abilities, the market can become more easy to read. People with the instinct to trade appear to be natural winners, possessed of an uncanny amount of luck. They just seem to have the natural instincts to succeed.

So what are the traits of a successful online trader? To know the market, you must know your passions and abilities, and preserve an openness to learning new tactics. Never assume you have found the magic key to trading; the market is an ever-changing, ever-evolving entity.

Don’t stop learning as long as you live.

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Highest Rated Mixed Drinks


Drinking takes up a good chunk of a student’s life.  You’re stressed out, wanna have a good time, hang out with your friends, and make some bad decisions, drinking just feels so right, shhhh, just let it happen.

But night after night, sometimes drinking can get focking boring!  Well don’t you fret, with these delicious mixed drinks; you’ll soon be on your way to debauchery!  Weeeee!

Sex on the Beach


2/3 oz. Schnapps, peach

1 1/3 oz. Vodka

1 1/3 oz. Cranberry Juice

1 1/3 oz. Orange Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

 (don’t ask me, okay, this is just what came up on Google for “panty hamster”)

Panty Hamster


1 part Jägermeister

1 part Liqueur, melon

1 part Liqueur, raspberry

2 parts Cranberry Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.

Dirty Bizzo


1 part Rum, coconut

1 part Schnapps, peach

1 part Tuaca

1 part Cranberry Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.


Sex with the Bartender


1 1/2 oz. Rum, light

1 1/2 oz. Schnapps, strawberry

1 splash Cranberry Juice

Fill with Orange Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Mix everything together in glass with ice.


Electric Smurf


1 oz. Curacao, blue

1 oz. Rum, coconut

Fill with Pineapple Juice

Fill with Sprite

Mixing Instructions

Fill lower half of glass with ice cubes. Add rum and curacao. Fill glass half with pineapple juice, and half with Sprite. Stir slightly and serve.


(bet you’re paying attention now…you dirty bird…)

Sex with Jennifer


1 1/2 oz. Rum, coconut

1 oz. Triple Sec

1 1/2 oz. Vodka

1 dash Grenadine

Fill with Pineapple Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Mix in glass, drink fast.


Blonde Bimbo


1 part Rum, coconut

1 part Schnapps, peach

1 part Tuaca

1 part Pineapple Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.


Wild Wet Dream


 1 part Curacao, blue

1 part Liqueur, melon

1 part Rum, coconut

3 parts Cranberry Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Add equal parts of alcohol over ice and fill glass with cranberry juice.




1 oz. Triple Sec (Cointreau)

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Lime Juice

1 wedge Lime

Mixing Instructions:

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a stir stick.

…and now for one of the highest rated mixed drinks…

…wait for it…

Tropical Hooter


1 oz. Liqueur, melon

1 oz. Rum, coconut (Malibu)

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Mixing Instructions:

Mix ingredients over ice in glass. Shake if preferred.

And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t recommend a demeaning shot for my fellow ladies?  WARNING: all boys will be coming to the yard to watch you take this shot.

Blow Job


3/4 oz. Irish Cream (Bailey’s)

3/4 oz. Kahlua

Top with Whipped cream

Mixing Instructions:

Combine Kahlua and Bailey’s in a shot glass, and top with a puff of whipped cream. It must be shot without using your hands!

I hope Jennifer’s ready…I’m gonna have so much sex with her this weekend.

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What to Expect From the Criminal Justice Process

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Nobody plans to get arrested, but it happens to people every day. A lot of them are very scared and uncertain about what’s going to happen; many of them don’t know what to expect of the criminal justice system. Here, in brief, are the main things you need to know about.

1. Miranda rights

Other than handcuffs, this might be the best-known step of the arrest process. These rights should be read to you by the officer that arrests you. They include your right to remain silent and your right to have an attorney.

2. Lawyer up

As stated in the Miranda rights, every American has the right to an attorney when arrested. But we all know that lawyers can be expensive, and not everyone can afford to pay one. That is why, if you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be appointed a public defender by the court system who will assist you with your case. You can, of course, waive your right to an attorney and represent yourself, but this is not a wise road for the average person to choose.

3. Arraignment

This is where the accused enters an official plea to the court: the options are guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If the accused enters a plea of guilty or no contest, he or she is immediately sent to a sentencing hearing to determine what punishment will be exacted for committing the crime. Most of the time, though, the accused enters a plea of not guilty.

4. Bail

Assuming you plead not guilty, bail is set next. Bail is money paid to the court to ensure that the accused will actually show up at future court hearings. Many people seek the services of a bail bondsman at this point — a person who puts up the money for the accused and makes sure the person attends the court dates.

5. Pre-trial

Most of the cases in California’s justice system are resolved at this stage. The process may include motions, negotiations, and plea bargains. Many people are sentenced at this point and don’t continue on.

6. Trial by jury

For suspects who go to a full trial, the attorneys will select jury members, offer opening statements, present evidence, and give closing arguments, after which the jury deliberates. The jury decides whether the accused is guilty or not guilty, and then, if the jury verdict is guilty, the sentencing follows.

7. Appeals

If found guilty, the accused may choose to appeal the ruling due to a mistrial (which can be argued for many reasons) and receive another trial with a different jury.

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6 Ways to Make Your Customers Angry

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We read so much about how to offer the best customer service, but it can be fun to look at the other side of the coin: What are some of the worst things a business can do to its customers?

Much like a car wreck, it’s difficult to tear our eyes away from a business that seems intent on antagonizing the people it’s supposed to serve. Here are some examples of how to make your customers angry.

1. Blame your customers

In May, the world was mesmerized by the saga of Amy’s Baking Company, a restaurant in Arizona that became notorious for refusing to listen to any form of criticism. The owners of the restaurant went so far as to blame their customers for not knowing good food, and lashing out at negative feedback over social media. Amy’s Baking Company incensed customers by trying to turn complaints around on them, instead of accepting responsibility for its mistakes.

2. Give them the silent treatment

Flight delays are always inconvenient, but airlines can make things even worse when they leave passengers in the dark about what’s (not) happening. Few things make the customers of any business more angry than not being kept in the loop when a problem occurs, and not being told about corrective measures being taken.

3. Do just enough

When a business makes a mistake, it needs to rectify it as soon as possible. If the business does only the bare minimum in making it up to customers, that can further damage brand reputation and loyalty. When customers are inconvenienced, they need increased incentive to stick with the company. Merely paying them lip service will send them packing to a competitor, or worse, an attorney.

4. Belittle their concerns

Customers want to know that if they have a problem with service, you’ll respond swiftly and professionally. If you want to antagonize them, do the opposite: ignore their phone calls and e-mails, or tell them that they’re exaggerating the problem and they’re more than welcome to take their business elsewhere. That kind of callousness will never be forgotten.

5. Treat customers like crowds

Customers know there are hundreds or thousands of others like them, but they like to be treated as individuals when they need help. There’s nothing more frustrating than to be treated as nothing more than one of the crowd, instead of a unique entity with personal needs. Companies who fail to understand their customers often make this mistake.

6. Don’t plan for problems

Things go wrong; that’s an inevitable part of conducting business. But if you really want to infuriate your customers, make sure you don’t have any kind of emergency plans in place. No customer in the world likes to see your staff running around like scared farm animals, especially when the problem affects them personally and they’d like you to fix it.

Segmentation, understanding, and outreach

There are a number of simple ways to not get on the bad side of your customers, and one of the most effective is taking the time to understand your audience. You can do this by conducting what is known as audience segmentation: separate the different categories that define the members of your audience, based on their age, gender, earning bracket, length of business, and whatever other metrics make them important to you.

Once you are able to compartmentalize your audience, you can communicate with them more effectively than if you try to serve all their needs together. Customers will appreciate you taking the extra step to make your services available on a more detailed and personal level.

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Best Parties to Attend SXSW

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After a couple of days of innovative tech, it is time for the music to arrive. It’s going to be loud in Austin with lots of musicians and acts to see. Check out some of these awesome parties happening every night while you are here.

  • 1. We Listen For You / sonaBLAST! Records unofficial SXSW Party featuring Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies, Dent May, Converyor, Shugo Tokumara & more Thursday 14th March: Details
  • 2. VICELAND/Jansport official party featuring Divine Fits, Japanodroids, Wavves, Skaters, Team Spirit Tuesday 12th March: Details
  • 3. Billboard/Spotify Live official party featuring Kendrick Lamar, Youngblood Hawke, Cazzette, Rober DeLon and Angel Haze Wednesday 13th March: Details
  • 4. The Windish Agency unofficial party featuring Mister Lies, Dan Croll, NO CEREMONY///, SOHN, Flume, Oddience, Blessed Feathers, Peace, Klaxons, The Thermals, CHVRCHES, Poolside Wednesday 13th March: Details
  • 5. IAMASOUND/Production Club Inc. unofficial part featuring Disclosure, Charie XCX, Lord Huron, DIIV, Io Echo, Ratking, Oddience, Hunters, Hands, Peace, Papa, Palma Violets Thursday 14th March: Details
  • 6. Pitchfork unofficial party featuring Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Andy Stott, Foxygen, Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Delorean, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Waxahatchee, California X, Mikal Cronini, White Lung and Rhye Thursday 14th March: Details
  • 7. Noise Pop & Another Planet Entertainment unofficial party featuring Youth Lagoon, Surfer Blood, Metz, Phosphorescent, Nick Bluhm & The Gramblers, Poolside, Wild Belle, Caveman, PAPA, Bear Mountain, Cosmic Suckerpunch and The Sam Chase Friday 15th March: Details
  • 8. Dickies/FILTER official party featuring No Ceremony, Gold Fields, Young Galaxy, Frightened Rabbit, Small Black, DIIV, The Joy Formidable and Fitz And The Tantrums Friday 15th March: Details
  • 9. Stereogum unofficial party featuring Sky Ferreria, Youth Lagoon, Kitty. Metz, Hundred Waters and Bleeding Rainbow Friday 15th March: Details
  • 10. Urban Outfitters unofficial party featuring Mood Rings, Pure X, Chris Cohen, Caveman, Ducktails, Mac Demarco, METZ Saturday 16th March: Details
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3 Important Pieces of Advice for Job Seekers


Finding a job has never been easy. Walking into a fast food joint or picking up a paper route is one thing, but actually landing a position that could mean a long-term career, one that opens doors and leads to significant career advancement, has stymied many a college graduate. There are so many schools of thought, so many conflicting and contrasting ideas on how to write the best resume, the perfect cover letter and pull off a legendary job interview, that sifting through the jungle of job advice is almost impossible. Here, then, are three important pieces of advice for job seekers.

1. Do Your Homework/Practice

Every company is different, and human resources can smell a disinterested candidate a mile away. When you find a job you like, look up everything you can about the position. Don’t just submit a basic cover that lists your achievements – tailor the cover letter to the exact specifics of what the job posting asks for, eschewing accomplishments that aren’t relevant to the requirements. Don’t seal the first draft of the cover letter you write. Let it rest for a day or so, then approach it again with new eyes and a new perspective.

Once you’ve gotten that down, practice your job interview. Talk with career counselors and advisors, role play with friends, rehearse in front of a mirror wearing the clothes you’ll likely wear on the interview. Find the line between being honest and saying only what needs to be said, not divulging your life story as a response to an innocuous question. When you’re done practicing your job interview, practice it all over again until it feels natural.

2. Talk To People

With so much of business and communication done online, it’s important to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd who are content to simply click ‘Send’ and wait for something to happen. Go to job fairs, request meetings with hiring managers, get your name out in the real world. Memorize names and faces, get everyone’s business cards, and make a good impression in person.

The further you go in your life and career, the more important connections and networking will become. A lot of what you achieve will depend on your skills, qualifications and experience, but there is a lot to be said for who knows you and who remembers your name. Making the effort of getting yourself out there will go much further than another candidate who is content to merely camp out behind a computer while opportunities slip by.

3. Pick Your Industry Wisely

Some industries are performing better than others, and some markets will continue to grow while others shrink. It’s important that job seekers keep an eye on that, and reassess their career plan if they need to. For example, job seekers in, or dreaming of, Hawaii would want to If you want to take a look at this infographic made by Hawaii Job Engine – see it here.


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5 Mind-blowing Presentations

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SXSWThe SXSW Interactive trade show was truly mind blowing. Over the last several days here in Austin, TX., companies have been showcasing their latest and greatest gadgets. It’s truly exciting to see what the future holds.

1. Google Glass

Google X Labs presented their most anticipated product to date: Google Glass. Google’s digital eyewear is looking to blend the digital world into the physical environment. For example, Google demonstrated The New York Times application that present’s the top into the user’s field of vision and reads the content. There is a tremendous amount of potential surrounding this technology. Glass will be available to “Explores” as beta testers for Glass starting at $1,500.

2. Makerbot Digitizer

3D printing is emerging to be one of 2013’s biggest trends. Imagine ordering a new bracelet for you wrist. You can now go online download a template and directly print out the bracelet using a 3D printer.  The MarketBot is leading the way with a 3D consumer printer. This week MakerBot presented the MakerBot Digitizer. The Digitizer is a 3D scanner. This will allow users to scan objects in the real world and allows the user to print replications using their printer.

3. The Beam

The Beam is taking P2P video sharing to the next level. The Beam system allows users to interact with remote locations by coupling high-end video and audio with the freedom of motion to move about a space.

4. BlinkFX

BlinkFX is an innovative new patent pending entertainment system to better engage audiences at live events of all types.  BlinkFX incorporates the audience into the show through a variety of interactive light-up wristbands, lapel pins and lanyards that respond in synchronization with any content including music.

5. OpenPool

Open Pool is purely for entertainment purposes. Open Pool is an open source project powered by two Xbox Kinects and a single projector. The entertaining billiards table is best described an interactive light show. When the billiard balls are rolled, lights follow the trail to create disco like pattern on the green.


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