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Trucker admits to fatal accident that killed New Jersey student

A student from New Jersey died in a truck accident back in 2018, and the truck driver involved in the crash has just admitted to causing it. This could mean that he will spend a long time behind bars, as it does not appear that a plea deal is on the table.

The accident happened on Interstate 83 in Pennsylvania. Traffic had slowed down, with some cars coming to a halt, due to a construction zone. The truck driver slammed into the stopped traffic. Per reports, the authorities say that he was intoxicated, having had eight drinks before getting behind the wheel.

Head injuries can wreak havoc with your memory

If you suffer a serious head injury in a car accident, a fall from a ladder or some similar event, it can have a drastic impact on the rest of your life. Brain injuries are different for everyone, but one side effect that can change everything is when it alters your memories.

For instance, one man related his story of getting into a car accident and striking his head, apparently on the window. He woke up in the back of the ambulance, and everything he knew about the accident was from what other people told him. He didn't remember it.

Percentages of workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination takes many forms. Maybe you didn't get hired because of your gender, unable to break into a workplace dominated by the opposite sex. Maybe you got to an interview, but you knew your race meant you never really had a shot. Perhaps you got passed over for promotions that you deserved. Maybe you faced harassment from co-workers and supervisors over things like age or sexual orientation.

The key, no matter what you're facing, is to understand that the law is there to protect you. Discrimination is illegal in the United States, as it has been for decades.

Age discrimination often a barrier for older workers

Finding a job can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Often, many people compete for a single position. Finding a job when you are 40 or older, though, can prove to be even more of a challenge; this is especially true when employers have a bias against you because of your age.

In many cases, employers resist hiring the most qualified or experienced workers and instead choose to hire newer, “greener” young professionals to fill their open positions. Why? Ultimately, it usually comes down to money. The more experience and tenure a worker has, the higher a salary he or she typically demands. Younger, less experienced workers, on the other hand, are often looking to get their feet in the door above all else. Therefore, they are more likely to accept a lower salary than their older career competitors.

Stopping distances and the real risk of tailgating

Having a tailgater right behind you on the highway makes you feel nervous, and it should. It's very dangerous. It's also something that many drivers do accidentally because they have no idea how long they actually need to stop in an emergency.

Let's clear that up first. Generally speaking, if a car is driving along at 60 miles per hour, it cannot stop for 240 feet. In fact, it covers the initial 60 feet before the driver touches the brakes. That's just how long it takes for the driver to process the fact that they have to stop. They then press the brakes, and the car slows down for another 180 feet before stopping.

Update your beneficiaries when doing estate planning

When doing your estate planning, remember that you have to update that plan periodically. Common times for an update include when you get married, when you get divorced, when you have a child or when someone named in your will passes away.

For instance, maybe you named your parents in your will when you were in college. Fast forward to when you're 45, and you have two kids of your own. Your parents have passed away. Your assets have significantly changed, and you need to make sure they go to your spouse or your kids.

Car hits sleeping man's house, knocking him out of bed

If you thought that you had to be in your car to get involved in a car accident, a recent story out of New Jersey shows that you may want to think again.

A 49-year-old man was pleasantly sleeping in his bed and enjoying a peaceful Saturday morning when a Honda SUV crashed near his house. This was right around 9:30 in the morning on March 16. The impact knocked the man right out of his bed and onto the floor.

When the need for estate planning feels real

Often, the reason that people put off estate planning is simply that they do not feel like they need to do it yet. There's no sense of urgency. They don't want to think about dying, they assume they have years or decades anyway, and so they don't make a will or set up an estate plan. They know they'll need to eventually, but they think of it as something they'll do another day.

This is a huge gamble. The security you feel may not be real. You're taking a risk and putting your family's financial future in jeopardy.

How to treat social media with your workers' comp claim

Every business in New Jersey must have some kind of workers' compensation insurance. It does not matter whether a business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC or corporation, workers can sustain injuries in any environment. The penalty for a business not having this insurance is $5,000 for the first 10 days and an additional $5,000 for every day after that the company fails to get coverage. 

Although most insurance companies view employees' workers' comp claims as legitimate, instances exist where an agency may look further into the matter. The company may believe the employee has faked injuries. One place an insurance representative will turn to is the worker's social media. Therefore, it is vital to limit communication about your injuries through certain channels until the process is complete. 

3 percentages that tell you a lot about texting and driving

Have you ever wondered how texting and driving got to be as problematic as it is these days? It seems like you can see distracted drivers every time you go for a drive. You constantly see stories online and on the news about accidents caused by people who were texting when they should have been watching the road.

To help dig into why this happens and how we got to this point, here are three important percentages to keep in mind:

  • 97 percent of teenage drivers say that they know texting and driving carries an inherent risk and is a dangerous activity. They're aware. They just do it anyway.
  • 43 percent of teens in one survey said that they would still text and drive. This clearly shows that a lot of teens who understand the danger are also willing to ignore that danger. It's also worth considering that some teens may text and drive and just not feel willing to admit it to anyone -- or themselves.
  • 77 percent of the teenage drivers who were asked said that they had been in the car when one of their parents decided to text behind the wheel.
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