Expectant mothers will stop at nothing to keep their unborn children safe. They’re busy planning and protecting against the unexpected. Unfortunately, these mothers often overlook one very important factor — car safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 6,500 adults who are injured in car accidents each and every day in the U.S. The risk for serious injury, and even death, in these scenarios can be reduced by 50 percent when properly wearing a seat belt.
Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers know that traffic accidents can be hazardous for pregnant women, particularly if they are not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurs. As a matter of fact, car accidents are the top cause for most injuries that require hospitalization during pregnancy. On the other hand, not much is known about the relationship between auto accidents and specific fetal outcomes, according to MNT.
Although the number of American adults who are buckling up is increasing, officials still estimate that 1 out of every 7 adults don’t wear a seat belt each time they get into the vehicle.
Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. When used properly, seat belts save lives and lower the chances of severe injury during car crashes.
To avoid injuring yourself and your baby, though, the seat belt must be properly fastened. The lap belt should be secured below your belly, low and snug on your hipbones. Never wear the belt across or above your belly. During a crash, the sudden jolt from a belt in this position could cause the placenta to tear away from the uterus.
It’s also a good idea for you to move your seat back as far as possible if you have airbags. Tilt the seat to give your belly more space.
In a car accident involving a pregnant woman and during sudden impact like jolts or brakes, or due to excessive pressure on the abdomen area, you run the risk of the the placenta separating from the uterus. If that happens, it can cause serious complications during pregnancy like premature delivery, miscarriage or even hemorrhage.
Any time you’re in a car accident — whether it’s a fender-bender or a serious multiple-car pileup — you should be examined as soon as possible, no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. As a matter of fact, you should be evaluated if you ever receive a blow to the abdomen during pregnancy. Even if you feel fine and you think nothing is wrong, you should always call your healthcare provider, or head to an emergency room right away, according to the Baby Center.
According to some of the most recent studies, as many as 3,000 unborn children could be killed in car accidents in the coming year. This accident fatality rate is about four times the rate for victims between infancy and 4-years-old.
If you or someone in your family has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.