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Complications commonly associated with cesarean sections

When you are ready to head to the hospital to have your baby, you are probably trusting your doctor to ensure a safe delivery. AmericanPregnancy.org reports that there is about a one in four chance you will deliver via a cesarean section. Because a C-section is a major surgery, the risks it poses to you and your baby amplify when compared with those associated with a traditional, vaginal birth.

Even seemingly small medical and surgical errors can lead to significant injuries and hardships, so it is important to know the potential dangers if you suspect you may have to have this type of procedure. Many C-sections are unplanned and arise from emergency situations, so it is wise to learn the risks even if you have no reason to think you will have one.

3 summer hazards for drivers in western New York

You may think only winter time comes with road hazards and high rates of accidents in western New York. Of course, snow and ice cause very dangerous driving conditions, but summer comes with its own risks as well.

It is important to be aware of them so you can stay safe and have an enjoyable summer free of dealing with insurance companies. Here are just three common hazards to prepare for.

Senior drivers face higher risk of injuries in an accident

As baby boomers get older, there are more seniors on the road, choosing to continue to drive to stay mobile and independent. Older drivers tend to avoid driving under the influence, speeding and driving at night, but they are more likely to be involved in other common types of accidents. Additionally, while the rate of crashes for drivers older than 65 is decreasing, older drivers are more susceptible to injuries and fatalities during a crash.

Preventing injuries and deaths from accidents

What should you do after a hit and run accident?

When you are out on the road and become involved in an accident, you expect the other driver to stop and deal with the situation. However, that does not always happen. Drivers who do not have a license or insurance may flee the scene, and a hit-and-run accident is serious business. The driver who leaves the scene could face fines, jail time and a loss of her or his license. But once you have been in a hit-and-run accident, you may need to take extra steps to handle the situation.

Important tips for sharing the road with motorcycles

It can be difficult enough to share the road with vehicles larger than yours. Motorcycles are considered vehicles, too, even though they are small and much more difficult to see. New York State has a number of laws to help keep motorcyclists safer, but drivers of other vehicles need to be proactive to prevent accidents. Small collisions that would not cause much damage to cars can be deadly on a motorcycle. According the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycle accidents are actually on the decrease, but there are still more than 8.4 million motorcycles on the road.

Protecting yourself against uninsured or underinsured drivers

Even though New York requires drivers to have auto insurance, there are still those who are uninsured. In 2012, the Insurance Information Institute found that New York only had about 5.3 percent uninsured drivers, one of the lowest in the nation. Still, if you are in an accident with one of these drivers, you may find yourself with out-of-pocket for your expenses. Learn how to protect yourself against "naked" drivers, the industry's term for uninsured motorists.

Steps to take following a car accident

According to the New York Department of Health, the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to unintentional motor vehicle accidents has actually decreased since 2002. Although this is good news for drivers, that doesn't mean the risk of having an accident has been eliminated. When you're in an accident, it's scary and stressful. Even a fender bender or minor accident is problematic. It's very easy to forget what to do when you've been hit. We'd like to offer a checklist for you to follow in case you're ever in an accident.

Common types of reckless driving behaviors

In a world where car accidents are all too common, causing drivers and passengers alike to suffer from unnecessary injuries and long-term effects, reckless driving has become a growing concern. In New York in 2014, there were 118,465 accidents that resulted in non-fatal personal injuries. While not all of these were related to reckless driving, controlling the problem is a big part of saving lives and protecting the quality of life for all.

The state of New York prohibits reckless driving, and every violator is considered guilty of a misdemeanor. Here are some common behaviors considered to be reckless driving.

Hyundai recalls Sonatas whose sunroofs could go flying

Hyundai is recalling more than 62,000 Sonata sedans and hybrids following reports that sunroofs are detaching. Although no accidents have been reported yet, there's no doubt that a sunroof flying off a car in high-speed traffic could be quite dangerous for other drivers.

The voluntary recall affects 2015 and 2016 sedans and hybrids with panoramic sunroofs that were manufactured at the automaker's Alabama plant. Hyundai received several reports earlier this year of sunroof panels detaching when owners tried to close the sunroof.

Errare humanum est

To err is human.

We all agree that medical professionals are human and that humans make mistakes. The Institute of Medicine reports that more people die annually in the United States from the "adverse affects related to healthcare" than from motor vehicle accidents, AIDS or breast cancer.

Some mistakes can be fixed and leave no long term negative effects. Other mistakes cause significant harm and are at times fatal.

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