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Multi-vehicle fatal accident leaves 2 dead

Practicing safe driving habits like removing distractions and always wearing a seat belt can potentially help reduce a person's risk of being involved in an accident. Unfortunately, being a safe driver does not address at least one issue -- other drivers. A recent fatal accident on a California highway demonstrates just how difficult it is to avoid unexpected dangers on the road.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., a 52-year-old man somehow left his lane and struck the divider separating the two sides of the freeway. After striking the divider the car came to a stop across multiple lanes of traffic, including the fast lane. A pickup truck that had been traveling in the same direction could not stop in time to avoid a collision. The driver who initially wrecked his car suffered fatal injuries when he was thrown from the vehicle.

1 woman, 2 children killed in fatal accident

Three people were killed and another was injured in a recent accident. Two of the fatalities were children, although it is not clear if they were related to the woman who was driving the vehicle they were in. There were two other people also involved in this fatal accident who were uninjured.

A 34-year-old woman was driving on a California highway bridge with two children as her passengers. Around 4:45 p.m., a 55-year-old driver who was heading in the opposite direction drifted out of his lane and into the path of the woman's vehicle. The two vehicles collided, were pushed to the side of the highway and caught on fire. Surrounding vegetation also caught fire as a result of the collision, causing two acres to burn in a brush fire.

Protecting tech startups and wealth during divorce

Technology seems as if it is advancing faster and faster every day. Entrepreneurs in California are taking advantage of this fast-paced environment to found tech startups or even to invest in promising companies. This is an exciting time in the tech world, but many people are heading straight into it without taking any precautions. For example, few startup founders consider what might happen to their companies and wealth during divorce.

When a tech startup makes it big, its founder may experience a gradual or even sudden increase in his or her wealth. If the individual is married, that wealth is considered community property even if the spouse had nothing to do with the business. Getting divorced would leave that wealth vulnerable during property division and could even compromise the stability of the startup. This is because California is a community property state, so the money and assets from the business would be split evenly between the two parties.

How gray divorce can affect your finances

Though people are living longer these days, they aren't always happy in their marriages. Earlier generations tended to stay married, but more and more older folks make the choice to divorce. This is often called "gray divorce."

If you are older than 55 and have considered divorce, you are not alone. People age 55 and older have increasing rates of divorce, while most other demographics show a decrease. Divorce at this age presents more potential financial challenges than it does for younger people. Experts have advice for anyone who is considering ending his or her marriage about how gray divorce can affect your finances.

How a postnuptial agreement can help in marriage and divorce

Most people in California understand what a prenuptial agreement is. Signed before getting married, these powerful family law tools can protect individuals and their personal assets should they end up divorcing. However, not everyone is familiar with postnuptial agreements or why these documents may be helpful for new parents.

First, it is important to understand what a postnuptial agreement is. It is similar to a prenuptial agreement in regard to what it covers, but instead of being signed before marriage, it is signed afterwards. There are a number of reasons why a couple might choose to use a prenuptial agreement, including having children.

Research demonstrates link between music and car accidents

Musicians from all walks of life and genres have immortalized the state of California in song. While music is certainly an important part of the state, it could also be making the roads more dangerous. Scientists recently demonstrated that songs with certain BPM levels -- beats per minute -- influence drivers to engage in more risky behaviors while behind the wheel. This means that listening to certain types of music could actually increase the risk of car accidents.

The study was conducted with participants who were asked to drive on a simulated, six-lane road. Researchers had participants either listen to music or drive in silence, then observed their driving behaviors. One of the main points of data the scientists looked at was how often participants changed lanes.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are in serious danger in San Jose

A reader of the San Jose Mercury News had a question for the paper. They’d heard that, in 2018, there were more pedestrian and bicyclist deaths than homicides in the city. Was that true?

Not quite, the paper’s response explained, but the reality wasn’t much better. It was a tie. That year, 27 people died as a result of homicide, and 27 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in accidents.

Does socioeconomic status predict divorce?

Common knowledge holds that marital satisfaction will start off high, only to dip over the years following the wedding. New research indicates that there may be hidden factors influencing marital satisfaction. This means that being dissatisfied in marriage might not be dependent on socioeconomic status. This status could be an unexpected predictor of satisfaction and the likelihood of divorce.

Researchers that found a link between socioeconomic status and marital status recently published their study in a journal. This analysis largely focused on middle-class couple who were mostly white, and researchers speculated that the results might be different among different groups. They decided to refocus their research on 431 low-income couples living in California.

Young boy killed, others injured in fatal accident

Officials shut down a California freeway for approximately three hours so investigators could work the scene of a deadly accident. Four people were injured in the collision, including the driver accused of causing the wreck. Sadly, a child was killed. A fatal accident such as this can be extremely distressing to injury victims and loved ones who survive the fatally injured.

Police say that the wreck occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. on a recent Saturday. A 54-year-old father had been driving with his three sons -- two 7-year-old boys and a 16-year-old -- on the freeway when his vehicle suddenly became disabled. He was unable to move his car out of the lane.

Parents should include taxes in custody agreements

When ending a marriage, parents usually have a significant number of things on their minds. From determining child custody to working out both child and spousal support, it is easy for some important matters to slip through the cracks. Since taxes are usually not on people's minds during the fall, California parents may overlook who gets to claim children as dependents on federal tax returns.

Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, child dependency deductions are eliminated through 2025. However, some parents can still see tax benefits from claiming  children as dependents. In the case of a divorced couple, only one parent can claim a child in a given year. In general, the custodial parent -- the parent with whom a child spends the majority of his or her time -- is the one who gets to claim the child.

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