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Truck accidents are deadly for passenger vehicle occupants

Large trucks such as 18-wheelers are a common feature of California highways, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Although these trucks serve an important purpose in the moving and transporting of goods, they can also be quite dangerous. Truck accidents can be deadly, and many large trucks are manned by overworked drivers.

Tractor-trailers and other similarly large trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than a standard passenger vehicle. Pair this difference of weight with underride guards that routinely fail to stop cars from sliding underneath trucks, and it is easy to see how most deaths between large trucks and smaller cars occur in the latter. Efforts are currently underway to improve the safety and efficacy of underride guards, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrated that these guards fail even in low-speed accidents.

Discharge your debt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy

By the time that debt reaches an insurmountable point, most people in California will have reached their wit's end trying to repay what they can. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be an effective tool for discharging debt and set people on a clearly defined path toward the best possible financial future. However, the process does involve possible asset liquidation, and not all types of debt are eligible for discharge.

Filers for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can expect some of their assets to be liquidated. The resulting funds are then used to repay as much of a person's debt as possible. Not everything that a person owns is involved in this liquidation process, and exempt property may include a vehicle, tools of a person's trade and other various items. After a person's debt has been partially satisfied, the process of discharging debt begins.

Deaths from pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are on the rise

Sports utility vehicles make up over half of new vehicle sales, and it is not hard to understand why. These versatile vehicles are popular choices for California families and anyone looking for additional room and mileage. But what about safety? For those worried about motor vehicle accidents, the SUV might not be the best pick.

Pedestrian deaths were on the decline approximately 20 years ago. However, about a decade ago things took an unexpected upward turn, and fatal pedestrian accidents started to climb upward again. Are distracted drivers and careless pedestrians to blame? Experts say these might be contributing factors, but the real problem is the type of vehicle populating the road -- the popular SUV.

How long does it take to recover from bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy is an effective way to discharge or repay unmanageable debts. However, too many people assume bankruptcy is not a good option because of the adverse effect it has on credit.

Understand, though, that you can recover from bankruptcy, and you may be able to do so more quickly than you expect.

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