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Driving with frost on the windshield

We have covered a number of dangerous behaviors that drivers exhibit while they are on roadways across the country. During the fall and winter months, many parts of the U.S. see colder temperatures set in and with this cooler weather comes risks that can lead to traffic crashes. Aside from snow, rain, fog and ice, some people may struggle with frost on their windshield, which can be especially problematic in the morning when many people are already be running late for work. Sadly, some people try to drive with too much frost on their windshield, which can seriously affect their visibility.

Sadly, those who drive with a frost-covered windshield may cause an accident because they are unable to see other vehicles or obstacles on the road. Moreover, they may have more difficulty avoiding a collision caused by some other driver’s behavior (such as losing control around an icy turn). It is imperative for drivers to clear their windows of frost and any other debris that could affect their ability to drive safely. From heating a car up before driving to scraping the windshield off properly, there are a number of ways this can be accomplished.

What causes Erb's palsy?

Erb's palsy is a birth injury that affects the spinal cord's capacity to send messages to the arm, hand, wrist or fingers through natural nerve impulses. Babies who are born in Washington with this condition usually look as if they are paralyzed in the affected areas of the arm. Many require ongoing and extensive therapy to regain movement in the affected areas. Unlike some birth injuries, Erb's palsy is preventable and usually caused by a physician pulling an infant too roughly or in an abnormal way.

If your child has Erb's palsy, you may wish to better under the condition and how it happened. The Birth Injury Guide has the answers that you seek.

How safe are limousines?


On October 6, 20 people were killed in a horrific limousine accident in upstate New York. All 18 passengers, including the driver, and two pedestrians lost their lives in the accident. It is the deadliest traffic accident in the U.S. in nearly 10 years.

While the cause of the accident is still unclear, we know that certain warning signs were missed. The limousine involved in the accident failed safety inspections. Additionally, the driver of the limo did not have the proper driver's license to operate a limousine.

Why are motorcycle crashes so dangerous?

When it comes to traffic collisions, any type of vehicle can be dangerous. In fact, traffic accidents can be difficult for those who are not riding in any vehicle at all (pedestrians), as well as bicyclists and people riding skateboards. However, motorcyclists face an especially high chance of sustaining a serious injury or passing away in a traffic collision and it is important to understand why riding motorcycles can be risky. Drawing attention to the risks motorcyclists face should not only encourage motorcyclists to ride safely, but drivers to pay especially close attention to the road and watch out for those on motorcycles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle wrecks are particularly dangerous (when compared to trucks and passenger vehicles) because of vehicle differences. Motorcycles do not have airbags, seat belts and other safety features that automobiles have. Moreover, motorcycles weigh less and are less bulky, which can be extremely disastrous when two vehicles collide (especially when a motorcycle collides with a much larger vehicle). On top of these issues, automobiles that have four wheels are more stable.

When does a child have to use a booster seat?

Child restraints were once limited to car seats, but times are changing. The law in Washington now includes booster seats for older and bigger children. According to the Washington State Booster Seat Coalition, because seat belts are designed for full grown, adult bodies, you need to use child restraints for children riding in your vehicle.

The law states your child must be in a booster seat until he or she is eight years old or four feet nine inches tall. The Anton Skeen Act initiated this requirement. The booster seat raises the child up so the seat belt can sit on the body in the correct spots. This allows it to protect smaller bodies in the same way it protects adults.

Are C-section more dangerous for the baby?

Many women have to undergo a Caesarean section when they are in labor in Washington. Even though it is a major surgical procedure, doctors do it often enough that is has become routine. However, this does not mean it is without risks. Before you undergo a C-section, it is a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the risks it could pose for your baby.

According to Live Science, one of the main risks comes from the fact that during a C-section, the baby's body is not compressed as would happen during a vaginal birth. This compression helps to expel fluids from the baby's lungs. Since this does not happen in a C-section, a baby may have greater risks for breathing issues. It also increases the chances your child will have asthma. A C-section also increase the risks for stillbirth. During the incision, the baby may also get nicked or cut by the scalpel, although this is very rare.

Protecting your wellbeing in a hospital setting

When you have to stay at the hospital, you are placing a high amount of trust in the professionals who work there to provide you with a safe, compassionate and respectful experience. The staff includes doctors, nurses, receptionists and even janitors who are responsible for ensuring the sanitation of the environment you are in. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many patients in Washington who have been the victims of preventable medical negligence. 

If you are suffering from a medical condition that requires hospitalization, the last thing you should be worried about is your safety and wellbeing. However, because you are at risk of being the victim of human error, it is imperative that you take preventative measures yourself, to keep your body safe and unharmed. One of the suggestions you have probably heard before is the importance of washing your hands frequently when you come in contact with certain surfaces. While this is important, there are lots of other important things that you can do as well. According to Mercola, some of the things that you can do include the following:

  • Ask your health care provider if you can be taking a probiotic which will help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of infection. 
  • Pack sanitation wipes with you and thoroughly clean any surfaces that you will need to frequently touch. 
  • If you need to be shaved for any surgery, request that an electric razor be used to minimize the risk of getting cut and exposed to infection. 

What are the different types of driving distractions?

Many in Seattle may mistakenly believe that "distracted driving" simply means texting while driving. In reality, distracted driving is more of a concept than a single action. It refers to any instance in which one's full attention is not on the road. A breakdown of the different types of driving distractions may reveal to you just how likely it is that such actions caused the accident you were involved in

According to information compiled and shared through a collaboration between The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Auto Alliance, there are three types of driving distractions: 

  • Cognitive: Actions that take one's attention away from the road
  • Manual: Actions that require one to take one (or both) hands off the steering wheel
  • Visual: Actions that take one's eyes off the road

Lawsuit against doctor who treated Prince is refiled

When doctors in Washington are cleared to begin practicing without the guidance and direction of instructors and industry professionals, they are entrusted to take their education, skills and experience to help their patients overcome symptoms and regain health. However, in some unfortunate circumstances, health care providers are unable to stand up to this requirement and may end up facilitating the injury or death of their patients. Often, this is due to miscommunication, fatigue or even blatant ignorance.

In a case that has made national headlines, the family of famed singer Prince, filed a negligence lawsuit against the doctor and other health care professionals who treated him in the time leading up to his death. The singer's death was ruled as an accidental overdose to the drug Fentanyl. The family claims that the doctor was aware of the singer's addiction to opioids, but did nothing to circumvent his habits which ultimately led to his death. 

Education may help to prevent premature labor

While there are undoubtedly times when women in Washington are completely unable to control the fact that they go into labor well before their due date, there are many things that can be done to actively prevent preterm labor. When women are educated about how they can facilitate a full-term and healthy pregnancy, they can provide their unborn infant with the best possible chance at enjoying a safe and comfortable pregnancy and delivery. 

According to Parenting.com, one of the first and most impactful preventative measures that pregnant women can take to protect their unborn child is to do their research in finding the highest quality prenatal care. From the moment a woman discovers that she is expecting a baby, she should work closely with a professional who understands pregnancy and childbirth. Together, with their trusted health care provider, they can implement measures that work with their individual needs and the conditions of the pregnancy. 

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