Since the advent of big rigs, truck drivers have been romanticized in country music, movies, and on television. Today's "knights of the highway" are sometimes compared to the cowboys of the 19th Century. For all the romance and mystique, trucking is still a business. As with any business, a transportation company has to take advantage of every available resource.

Factoring Freight

Trucking companies can increase cash flow and reduce overhead through freight factoring. A simplified explanation of freight factoring is that the hauling company sells their customer's outstanding debt to a freight factoring company. The factoring company makes its money by paying the motor carrier a percentage of the value of the debt a portion of which is paid up front.

While it may sound like the trucking firm is losing money, factoring freight actually reduces the hauler's overhead. The factor assumes the expense of collecting the purchased debt. A factoring company for truckers can offer cards for discounted fuel. 

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

GPS devices can be mounted in the truck or utilized via smartphones or tablets carried by the driver. The primary benefit of GPS is improved logistics, which in turn improves reliability.

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Are you have been facing a long term disability for past few years and unable to work? You can be entitled for long-term disability benefits to restore your some of lost income if you have a long-term disability (LTD) insurance policy. Most of the LTD policies are ruled by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and federal law generally recognized as ERISA. As a consequence, LTD policies are often mentioned as ERISA disability policies. Few imperative things to remember when you are considering filing an ERISA claim are elaborated further.

1. The success rate of your case depends on the LTD policy's accurate definition of "disability"

Some ERISA disability policies define the term barely, so that you will be found disabled when you are not capable to do the duties of any occupation. However, other policies describe disability as the incapability to "considerably" perform your own occupation. It is also probable that after receiving benefits (generally for 24 months), your policy's description of disability will switch to the more strict occupation standard. As a consequence, your LTD benefits being concluded after 24 months. You must check your policy's summary plan explanation and other LTD requirements, if you are considering filing for LTD benefits.

2.  Most LTD plans have particular waiting period

Most LTD plans come with "elimination period" of 90 or 180 days, throughout which you are not yet entitled to receive benefits, although you are disabled. LTD candidates must consider about utilizing all their sick time and short-term disability benefits before filing for LTD benefits.

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If you’ve had the good fortune not to have any run-ins with the law, you may be completely oblivious of how a criminal case is conducted other than the snippets and often misrepresentations we get from TV and movies. If you want to learn more about the criminal law system, or you are experiencing legal problems of your own, read on.

Getting Arrested

Most criminal cases start with an arrest. The person whom the police arrest is called the defendant at this point since they are still defending their innocence. The police take the defendant to jail where there are three possibilities.

The first one is to release the defendant if the prosecutor decides not to press charges. The prosecutor is typically a district attorney, or possibly a city attorney. However, if charges are being pressed, the defendant has two options. If they want to be released from jail until their trial, they can either post bail, or ask to be released without bail, on condition that they appear before the court on a certain date at a certain time. If the defendant isn’t released on bail, they must stay in jail until their trial. 

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