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What to do When You’re a Victim of a Commercial Trucking Accident

What to do When You’re a Victim of a Commercial Trucking Accident

Car accidents happen very frequently, especially on the highways. When they do occur, the casualties are usually minimal when compare to commercial truck accidents. Although the trucking accident rate isn’t as high as passenger cars, it’s always a difficult situation for injured victims to be in. Not only would they have to deal with a very long process, but the injuries from a commercial trucking accident are often very scary.

Having a police report and contacting your car’s insurance company may not be enough if you’re involved in a commercial trucking accident. Although they’re some of the requirements, you’ll definitely need to go further as things will certainly get more complicated.

What exactly should you do? I’m going to share that with you in a few minutes, but first how about we spend a little time talking about safety? You need to remember that your safety should always be your first priority no matter what.

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Prevention is always the best

Most accidents are unpreventable, hence that’s why they’re called accidents. But you should always try not to make it easier for an accident to take place. What do I mean about that? There are various little mistakes we commit while driving that can result in an accident.

For example, if you cut in front of a truck and then unluckily you have to hit your brakes, the truck’s driver may not be able to stop the truck in time. This little scenario can easily result into an accident that could have been prevented. Be sure to switch lanes at the right time.

Following the rules of the road could also prevent you from getting into accidents. Some drivers are very careless or reckless when driving. On many occasions I find myself hitting my brake just because a reckless driver had cut me off. These are behaviors that can be fatal to any driver on the road.

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What should you do if you’re a victim of a company trucking accident?

No one would want to be involved in any car accident, but yet being in at least one accident is something that all drivers should expect to happen at one point in time.

It could be the worst experience for you given all the things you may have to do after having involved in a car accident. It’s even worst if the accident involved a trucking company.

The best thing to do initially when you’re a victim of an accident involving a semi-truck is to hire a lawyer immediately. It’s one mistake made by so many people because they underestimate the legal involvement associating with a commercial trucking accident.

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A semi-truck accident is very different from regular car accidents. Each state has a different approach when it comes to assessing such accidents. Farar & Lewis LLP states:

“All states use some form of comparative negligence law. Comparative negligence is the legal notion that most accidents are not the direct fault of one actor and each operator is assessed a percentage of comparative fault.”

With that being said, you can’t expect to take on a case alone unless you’re an attorney yourself. You’ll need some good quality legal help to ensure that you aren’t being taken advantage of.

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After all, a commercial trucking accident has the capability to completely change someone’s life. It’s a very serious matter that requires some very serious actions. Most lawyers will not charge you a dime until your case is won, so not having money shouldn’t be a problem for you. Therefore you should never try to tackle such a case alone, or you’ll be risking the outcome.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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