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Understanding liability after tour bus accidents

When passenger vehicles are involved in collisions, only a handful of people are usually affected by the incident. Because of this, it can be fairly easy to attribute fault and identify the most likely causes of the collision. In this way, damages can be settled fairly among the parties.

However, when a tour bus is involved in an accident, dozens of paying customers can become seriously injured. This may mean that the injured passengers see it appropriate to sue the tour bus company.

Digital assets and estate planning

One of the legal solutions available to California residents who want to ensure that their digital assets are managed according to their wishes after death is the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. It permits individuals to give a designated fiduciary the legal authority to access and manage their digital assets if they unexpectedly become incapacitated or if they die. This type of authority can be granted using a power of attorney, trust or will.

There are also some digital providers who have begun to provide ways for individuals to specify authorized users. One provider offers a tool that can individuals can use to authorize someone to have access to their account information if they become unable to do so themselves or if they die. Another provider offers a similar tool that give users the ability to choose someone to be their "legacy contact," a person to assume control of the account after the user dies.

House DREAM Act would help many undocumented immigrants

California participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could benefit from legislation passed in the House of Representatives, but the Senate is unlikely to approve it. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 received votes from all 230 Democrats and seven Republicans.

The immigration bill would help undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children become permanently legal and get access to federal student aid. It would also help immigrants covered under Temporary Protection Status and Liberian immigrants in the Deferred Enforced Departure Program get permanent residency. In all cases, applicants would need to fulfill certain conditions. For example, people brought into the country as children would need to have worked a full-time job for at least three years, served in the military or have two years of a college education. There are other requirements as well, such as needing to have lived in the United States for the previous four years. Other requirements would apply to TPS and DED recipients, including no felony convictions. Furthermore, it would become more difficult to remove countries from the TPS designation.

Tesla autopilot feature may create dangers

Consumer Reports tested Tesla's autopilot navigation technology and said the feature raises safety concerns. Navigate on Autopilot, which was first released by Tesla during 2018, created new risks for drivers and performed worse than humans. California motorists should be aware of the risks that some new motor vehicle safety technologies create. The Navigate on Autopilot feature must be turned on by the driver to be functional. When it's on, the vehicle will automatically switch between traffic lanes.

According to Consumer Reports, the technology caused a Tesla to cut off other vehicles on the road and illegally passed other vehicles. The driver had to stop the technology because it was making poor decisions, it was found. The senior director of auto testing with Consumer Reports said monitoring the lane changing system is more difficult than simply changing lanes. He compared it to monitoring a young person driving for the first time.

Common mistakes in estate planning

There are a number of common mistakes people in California may make regarding estate planning, including assuming that they do not need to make a will at all. Some people may think they have too few assets to bother with a will, but even if their assets are modest, it is likely they have preferences about which family members will receive them. Furthermore, wills have other uses. People may use them to pass on personal items of little financial value, to appoint guardians for their minor children or to specify the type of funeral they want.

Some people may think they do not need to update their estate plan because they have not divorced or had more children. However, there are other reasons estate plans may need to be reviewed and updated. People who create an estate plan when they are younger may name a parent or someone near their own age as executor. However, as people get older, they might need to name someone likely to still be alive and to have the capacity to handle the administration. Tax laws may also have changed since an estate plan was made.

Know how to create an estate plan, and do it right away

Most adults take the time to plan for the future, but they might not plan for what will happen when they pass away. Failing to take the time to create an estate plan can mean that California laws stipulate who is going to get what from your estate. The intestate laws take over when there isn't an estate plan in place.

There are several things that you have to think about when you are getting ready to create your estate plan. It is imperative that you don't make mistakes that can be costly to your heirs or that might mean that settling the estate takes longer than it should.

Marijuana could impact immigration status

California residents may have the right to work for companies that produce or sell marijuana products. However, if those individuals are not currently citizens, working in the legal marijuana industry could complicate the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS), those who are involved with marijuana may be considered to lack good moral character. This is because marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.

Under the USICS guidance, the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes could also make it difficult to become a naturalized citizen. According to a member of the Drug Policy Alliance, the new policy is nothing more than a way to lash out against immigrants. He said that the policy was akin to building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Volvo to introduce drunk driving prevention technology

Car buyers in California and around the country who are primarily concerned about accident survival often choose vehicles made by Volvo. The Swedish company was one of the first manufacturers to introduce autonomous crash avoidance systems, and it recently announced that these features will soon be triggered by cameras that are designed to observe drivers for indications of distraction or intoxication.

When the information gathered by these cameras suggest that drivers are impaired or not paying attention and a serious accident is likely, the cars they are fitted to will slow down and then park themselves safely. Distracted driving behavior that could prompt intervention include long periods with no steering input and looking away from the road ahead for more than a few seconds. The systems would take action to prevent drunk driving crashes when driver reaction times are dangerously slow or vehicles weave between lanes.

Trump's threats to close Mexican border worry business groups

Economic activity on both sides of the border between California and Mexico could suffer costly disruptions if President Trump goes forward with threats to close the border. In the eyes of business leaders, the president's concerns about illegal immigration would not warrant closing the country's southern border. The nation's largest business lobbying group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, reached out to the White House to express its concerns about the economic cost of a border closure.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, agreed that the economic consequences could be excessive. The dollar value of cross-border trade reaches far into the billions. He joined many other senators in voicing disapproval for closing the border.

What information is important to record after an accident?

After a car accident, time is of the essence. Immediate action needs to be taken to get emergency medical attention for those injured in the incident. Even if someone involved in a collision does not consider themselves to be injured, it is still vital that they get a medical check as a priority.

Similarly, information regarding the circumstances of the incident should be reported within a given time frame. If action is not taken to preserve and record evidence, it can be more difficult to establish fault further down the line, and this could ultimately lead to costly lawsuits. Therefore, it is important that you understand what information you should take action to record after the event.

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