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Guess what? Multitasking is a myth (and that's why drivers crash)

No doubt, you've heard somebody say the words "I'm a good multitasker" before -- and maybe you've even said it yourself. However, multitasking doesn't actually exist -- at least not the way that most people think.

Studies have shown that when people are doing more than one thing -- like talking on the phone and cooking dinner or watching a television show while chatting on their phone that they're not actually doing two things simultaneously. Instead, their brains are rapidly switching gears back and forth between one activity and the other.

When do the police have to read you your rights?

Maybe you got into a fight with someone and the police were called and you got arrested. Perhaps you were picked up on suspicion of drunk driving. Maybe it was something else. Either way, you kept waiting for the arresting officer to launch into the "Miranda" warning that you've heard so many times on TV. You know, the one that starts out, "You have the right to remain silent," and details what can happen if you don't, among other things.

It never happened. Does that mean that the officer messed up and the case against you will be tossed out of court? Probably not.

Two important discussions for those getting divorced in 2020

Those going through a divorce this year will face questions that those getting divorced in 2019 did not need to ask. The current coronavirus pandemic has impacted family lives, the legal system and the divorce process. Two specific examples of the impact of COVID-19 on divorce that every couple considering or currently going through a split should consider include how the divorce will progress and, for those with children, how it will impact parenting plans.

Combat the financial impact of a wreck by seeking compensation

Car wrecks are traumatic for many people who go through them. The initial shock can make it difficult to think about what you need to do. Taking the normal steps like gathering the other driver's information, contacting the police department and getting witness names and phone numbers are important. If you're injured, you also need to obtain medical care.

Some people don't realize the impacts of a car wreck until they experience them. They tend to focus on the physical injuries, which are often difficult to handle. But, they may neglect to consider the emotional and financial impacts that these crashes can have.

What happens if my parents died broke?

Instead of fighting with siblings over an estate matter, many baby boomers are now facing a totally different estate administration conundrum — sorting out the mess when their parents died outright broke or heavily indebted. This scenario plays out far more often than one would suspect. In fact, in 2012, the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a study that determined almost 50% of senior citizens pass away with less than $10,000 in assets.

At the same time, the debts for senior citizens are on the rise. In past generations, it was unusual to find senior citizens still owing mortgages. But this is becoming far more commonplace.

What are the dangers associated with poorly lit parking lots?

If there's one thing that property owners could do to minimize their legal exposure, it would be to spend more time and money focusing on better lighting their parking lots. Poorly lit ones are dangerous on multiple levels. They result in countless individuals unnecessarily suffering injuries here in Harnett County and across the rest of North Carolina every year. Any insurance company or court payouts go against a property owner's bottom line.

One danger that you have to worry about when navigating a poorly lit parking lot is becoming a crime victim. Would-be robbers, burglars, carjackers, rapists, kidnappers and rapists all appreciate having the cover of darkness to disguise their presence and identity.

The devastating consequences of facial injuries in a car wreck

You thought you were lucky to walk away from the wreckage of your vehicle -- until you registered the pain in your head and the blood on your face. When you saw your reflection, you were shocked at just how badly battered you looked from facial injuries that you didn't even immediately register during the accident.

Facial injuries are very common in car accidents. Between flying objects, the force of the air bag explosion and the shattered glass or metal, people end up with all kinds of serious head injuries. While many people worry about traumatic brain injuries after a wreck, injuries that spare the brain but damage the skull are also quite serious.

Why do parents of minor children need an estate plan?

Many people think of an estate plan as something only a senior citizen needs to set up. Unfortunately, that line of thinking can leave minor children without a plan for their future if something happens to both of their parents. If you have children who still live at home or who have special needs, you need to get your estate plan in place now for their benefit.

If one of a child's parents passes away, the child will most likely be raised by the surviving parent. But, there is a chance that they will go into foster care if there isn't a plan in place and both of their parents die. Your estate plan can stop your children from having to go through that type of ordeal.

Co-parenting doesn't have to bog you down

The thought alone of co-parenting after divorce is enough to make many people cringe. They understand the importance, but they have concerns about their ability to get along with their spouse.

Even though you're likely to face challenges, remember this: You're co-parenting with the idea of providing your children with the best life possible in the future.

Go ahead and have a drink (of water) for the road

When you head out the door, you probably have a mental checklist of the things you need to take with you. Your phone, your car keys, your driver's license and your wallet are likely chief among them.

How about a drink of water? It sounds a little silly, but researchers have found that a dehydrated driver can be deadly behind the wheel of a car.

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